Allowed ourslves a can of beer at lunch
today........we clocked just over 1000 miles at noon ( ie in seven days ) and
crossed 30 degrees west ( clocks go back an hour every 15 degrees ) and less
than 20 degrees north.Its now 1750 miles as the crow flies to St Lucia, though
with wind direction determining our course we will cover more miles but we feel
we're well over a third of the way.
Lumpy night last night.......the autopilot cut out
twice when it couldn't deal with the wind/wave pressure. Makes for an
interesting night when heaved out of bunk rapido to get the boat back under
control. Currently doing 7 knots in steady breeze under weak sun. No other
boats sighted for three days and abit. Crew running sweep on how many days in
toto before we see one.
Boat Gigi picked up two non ARC sailors today from
a liferaft ! They had abandoned their Westerly Corsair when the chain plates
broke away and they were in danger of dismasting and had no engine power. The
Spanish navy picked up the refugee boat and the two yachts standing by have
recommenced their voyage.
Food holding out well, still have fresh fruit and
veg and have been eating casseroles, curry and fish pie - but not ones we've
caught, thats still an ongoing project.
Next two days forecast reasonable to light winds
then it picks up again.