Forty Eight hours into the rally and the yachts are
spreading out across the Caribbean Sea; last night we saw no other lights. We
are still running along the rumb line and had no success at fishing in the
initial period. See photo below.
The weather has been very good for the trip so far
and below is the forecast we received from our forecaster Bruce Buckley
domiciled in Western Australia.
All looks satisfactory for the trip to Panama
with no adverse weather on the horizon. The latest satellite imagery shows there
are quite a few showers around with very isolated thunderstorms but nothing
organised. The showers look like decreasing markedly after 2000UTC with long
fine breaks between the showers. The fresh east to ENE trade winds look set to
continue, strengthening a little once past the waypoint and heading towards
Friday (from 0900UTC): The winds should be easterly to E/NE
around 17 to 22 knots with some variability in the direction. Increased shower
activity with isolated thunderstorms, most likely in the period to 2000UTC, with
showers decreasing after this time. Local gusts to the mid 30's near showers.
The winds should ease back into the 13/18 knot range by
Just finished the noon time position report and
from those which are reporting we are managing to hold our own but some of the
big boys are so far ahead that they don't report as they can't hear the radio on
the 4 meg.
The weather is as forecast and very muggy
particularly if there is rain about and we try and sleep in a closed up cabin,
Talk to you tomorrow.
Our new lure which we used without
success for 10 hours.
Note the pink plastic hook
protectors which this dummy forgot to take off the barbs!
From the look of the tatty lure it
had been hit quite a few times.