20:48.5N 27:09.7WHow fortunate to have consistently fair winds and great sailing
conditions for the first 6 days - let's hope this continues for the rest
of the crossing.
With more stable winds and sea state, we have been able
to improve the sail configuration and the average speed. Logged distance in
the 24 hours to midday today (Friday) increased by 16%
to 170 nm. The boat continues to perform well and we are enjoying
some great sailing in marvellous conditions.
The watch system, which is working well, has been
varied from time to time according to a curious formula known only to Alan
- he claims that changes are the result of 'divine intervention'! Night
watches have been rewarded with some spectacular night skies and numerous
We have enjoyed some excellent cuisine from Elaine and
tonight we are dining on a 3kg Mahi Mahi (Dorado) caught by Paul last night
while sailing at 7 knots. We have seen many 'coveys' of flying fish, but
none has landed aboard - as yet.
The ARC radio net is working well and is proving a
great way to keep in touch with other rally participants. Many thanks Chris
(157) for your innovative daily predicted arrival times - it has already
encouraged us to shake out the odd reef before we might otherwise have
Fair winds and safe passages,
Bob, Elaine, Alan, Paul &