Christmas Eve

Ocean Rainbow
James (Skipper) & Claire (best crew in the world)
Tue 24 Dec 2013 13:17
16.45.873N 031.49.173W
It’s about time for a few statistics for the yachties amongst you so here goes:   We had a total of 2075 nm to travel from Sao Vicente to Martinique, we have now sailed a total of 391nm in 3 days; and of that 130nm was covered in the last 24 hour period.   We are steering a course of 282.   The winds are definitely north easterlies now that we are clear of the Cabo Verde Archipelago and wind speed is ranging between 13 and 25 knots.  The seas are lumpy which is slowing progress and is also making life challenging for the chef!    The skies have been overcast with not so much sun so our solar panels are not charging as well as we would like so we are conserving power as much as possible (i.e. chart plotter only turned on periodically, AIS only on at night etc).   Luckily there’s plenty of gas so the gastronomic feasts planned for the next 48 hours will not be compromised ... just not sure we will be sitting at a properly laid table in these seas.    Tragedy of today – James hooked a big Mahi Mahi and got him as far as the bathing platform before the line broke and he took our best lure away with him, leaving a dejected Skipper.