Day 6: Plodding on to Bermuda
Friday 13th May 2011
After a squally night the wind has stabilised and for the last 12 hours we’ve been plodding on at steady 5.5 kts in nearly the direction of Bermuda. As forecast the wind has veered slightly to the north, which means we can’t quite lay Bermuda and will probably be about 50 miles too far east. We’re hoping that by Saturday night / Sunday the wind will have died sufficiently that we can motor sail the last bit to windward.
The waves are quite large which makes it feel like you are living in a washing machine most of the time. This makes cooking and doing simple things like getting dressed a bit more challenging. We spend most of our time either asleep down below or sitting on deck reading and we’ve found very comfortable spots for both.
Fortunately the sun is still shining during the day, but it’s getting noticeably chilly at night. Even Alan put on his waterproof trousers last night which is the first time they have seen daylight for over 6 months. We’ve definitely left the Caribbean now!
We have 190 miles to go. Depending on how far east we get pushed, we are hoping to arrive some time on Sunday, hopefully in daylight.
Position at 1930utc
Wind: 300˚ m / 17kts
COG/SOG: 020˚M / 5.5kts