Tuesday, 23 May 2023, 09.00 (LT) 13.00 GMT
Tue 23 May 2023 11:17
We thought we would be motoring all day today but the wind built a little so at 8.30 (LT) we cut the engine and are sailing close hauled ESE at around 4 Kn. We started with 560 l of diesel, 140 l more than we had when we crossed the Atlantic, but we haven’t enough to motor from here all the way to Horta, but we are a sailing boat!
Despite loading 560 l of diesel when we left we will almost certainly have to beat under sail for a period to eke out our fuel.
Down to the last 2 beers between us. Still we’ve still got 4 cans of corned beef left. Life isn’t that bad. The Azores to Plymouth leg is about 50 % less distance than this passage. We’ll refill the diesel to the maximum of 560 l but take at least double or even triple the beer on board. We cannot risk a court martial with an ex sea captain coming on board.