Day 5 Atlantic Crossing
13'N 32'W December 11th
Guess what! Still no
wind out here. We are sitting in a huge wind hole, creating by Hurricane
Epsilon remnants and another low further north. We have just turned off
the engine for the first time since last night, and are sailing at three knots
in a seven knot wind..............The boat is boiling, as it gets very hot when
you run the engine for hours.
We may get some wind
tonight, or we may have to wait until Wednesday, judging by the latest radio
gossip and grib files.
Mimi says: 'Loving school,
very fun, having fun doing Pippa Funnel (horse computer game) and miss you all,
Steve says: ' Nice to be
sailing again. Could you all blow in this direction please!'
Chris says: 'The cockpit
has turned into a tented squatters camp'.
Otti says: 'It's
really hot, but we went swimming yesterday which was really nice'.
We were so becalmed
yesterday that we turned off the engine and all swam around for twenty minutes,
shampooing down in seawater, and rinsing off in fresh. It is slightly
unnerving to be swimming in fathomless ocean. When you look down you
see bright blue going into black, with rays of sun whizzing down into the
deep. I keep a very shark lookout........We don't all swim together so
there are always two adults on board should the boat get a little frisky
and decide to get away.
We are having chicken
fajitas for lunch, washed down with brown sediment laiden water from the Cape
Verdes, and ?stew? for supper.