Friday, 2 December, midnight
Fri 2 Dec 2022 04:05
Derek is busy each day with the sextant. Despite the romantic notion of sailing the high seas with a traditional navigation tool that is independent of GPS, screens, batteries etc. the sextant is very limited. To use tables, plotting instruments etc is a big ask when running down wind and being more or less upright. In a violent stormy sea !!!! However as a position finding back up, taking sights and using a sextant App to fix a position makes a sextant a pragmatic back up.
We are getting close to 1,000 miles to go. Derek is keen to get to St Lucia by Friday, in time to be there to welcome Elaine when she flies in. We are moving well but luck with the trade winds will decide that. It’s a good passage but we all would like to be moored up, if only for a cold beer in a beach bar that didn’t move under us.
We’re quite well up in our ‘race’ class but the final outcome depends on luck - do we stay in a good weather window?
Now back to look out mode