Unfortunately there really is very little to report about
today. No wind, no sun, no wildlife, no ships. If it wasn’t
for the fact it’s our 2nd wedding anniversary then today would have
been even more dull.
The wind has been less than 10 knots with very variable
direction all day, so the faithful donkey has been plodding away for most of
the time since leaving the Azores. We’ve just (2000h) started sailing in
a light breeze and managing to make about 4.5kts SOG. It’s not great
progress but this morning’s GRIBS painted a very bleak picture in terms of lack
of wind for the next week. We will be needing every last drop of our 500ltrs
of diesel to get us home in a reasonable time, so we need to make the most of
what little wind there is.
Earlier today we tacked onto port tack which finally means
we are heading in the right direction towards Cornwall. As a result we
now have less than 1000 miles to go, which is something. But we only had
1100 miles to go when we left the Azores two days ago, so we can hardly count
it as a major milestone!
Position at 2200h UTC Monday 18th July 2012
050˚T / 5.0kts
330˚T / 8 kts