Couldn't wait any longer so set off across the Atlantic aiming for Antigua with wind due in just a few hours.
Sailed well at the start in lumpy seas, but so overcast it was as though there was no daylight or night lights. Then, as the wind faded, we entered a cloud so dark and low that Caroline ducked to avoid it.
Then came rain as we sailed through a cloud at sea level, pitch black with no moon or stars, even our own sails were invisible to us. The worst passed after a day or two, but still this voyage had little light, night or day.
Then the Hydrovane ™ bottom bracket came loose, so we were in pitch dark with wind again, with a bit of a problem on our hands. We had to heave to just as we had good wind so Murray could hang at the back of the boat saving our broken Hydrovane ™ in the middle of the night. It proved impossible to repair underway and anyway the weather forecast was for a large depression to head east against the trade winds, so we set a new course for the Cape Verde islands.
Mindelo Marina, Sao Vicente
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