At 2230 26/11/10
Friday 25th November 2010
We have managed to sail SW for the last couple of days but
the winds are still very light and variable and not as they should be.
The wind is forecast to stay fair to the south for another day after which they
die completely and we will probably have a couple of days of motoring. We
only have enough diesel to motor for about 5 days so we need to use it
sparingly in case we need it later.
Yesterday there were quite a few boats in sight and on VHF
but today we have seen no one and heard very little chatter on VHF. We
are still debating our course and may compromise and go through the middle of
the Cape Verde Islands. Further north the winds have been strong W-NW and
reports from our fellow Bowman say they had a rough ride with two reefs in the
main, not what we came for so we think we have made the right choice to head
south. Here the seas are relatively calm and it is getting quite hot.
We sorted through the vegetables today and discovered the
courgettes in the stacker crates had gone completely mouldy whereas those in
the net were fine. Conversely the tomatoes in the net are going off a bit
but those in the crate are fine. We still have plenty of onions,
potatoes, avocados, oranges, apples, butternut squash and cabbage so are safe from
scurvy for a while. We have all managed to have a shower and the tanks
are still full thanks to the water maker so we’re not roughing it too
Alan baked bread but there is still no fish, although Toby
assures us there were traces of blood on the lure so there must have been a