Getting beards

Around the Atlantic: ✔ Next stop: Circumnavigation
Ron Noordhoek
Fri 28 Jan 2022 10:36
Friday January 28
16:27.195N 038:05.388W

We’re doing great! We all get along very good and we all enjoy the sail very much.
The weather is beautiful, at night as well as during the day. The stars are so bright. I even managed to take pictures:-)
We take sights twice a day. First time it took us some time to work out our plotting. We put the long in the lat box, but when we figured out what we did wrong, we were only 11 Nm off. Next day we’re 9 miles off and yesterday only 2.5 Nm. That’s very accurate!!
Alex, Ian and I work out the plotting after dinner, when we’re all off watch.
Nicole is the chef and she’s really good! I never had that kind of food on any trip before!!
After dinner the three of us watch a movie. John downloaded a lot of movies. We watched the Bourne’s. I couldn’t finish watching the second one. It took us too long to work out the plotting. So half way the movie I had to go on watch. No big deal, I had seen it already.
I’m very happy with my watch starting at 9 am and pm. Since we’re still on UTC, local time is now 7 am and pm when my watch starts. That means I now can see the sunrise as well as the sunset-:)
John also has the dvd pack with a complete course on meteorology. John, Nicole and I watched the first couple of courses yesterday. Very interesting!!
The professor that's presenting the courses however, is quite monotone and boring. So first Nicole then John fell asleep and just before I fell asleep too I managed to turn it of. We’ll watch the rest another time :-)
During the night we only fly the jib heading north of the rumbline. At night the wind picks up to 20-25 kts, giving us a SOG of 5 to 5.5 kts.
In the morning, the winds tend to drop a bit. Then we gib and fly the spinaker, giving us a SOG of 7.5 to 8 kts!
The last couple of days we did just over 140 Nm in 24 hrs. So tomorrow night we’ll hit the halfway mark.
Of course we’ll celebrate that with the champagne I brought -:)