Geoff & Eileen Mander
Sun 16 Dec 2012 12:00
Date: Sunday 16th December 2012
Officer of the Watch report for Sunday: Higher winds and seas developed last night and are continuing through this writing. The sun is out but with reduced visibility due to a sand storm blowing dust from the Sahara Desert which is about 100 miles to the east. The wind has been at Force 7 or 28 to 30 knots creating 15 foot seas, Ocean Gem and the auto pilot are handling the boat well on this down wind run. I saw the knot meter reach 10 at one point in the night. Sleeping is easy enough as long as you find away to wedge yourself into the bunk and not roll on to the floor. The forecast at arrival time in Mindelo is for must calmer conditions. Meanwhile we are all getting along very well, the boat is kept very tidy and the evening meals are outstanding! We each take the chef duties in turn. No ships in past 24 hours just the occasional dolphin or turtle.