Finally!! Some wind!! AND from the right direction.
Overnight we did about 4 sail changes to keep the boat moving towards
Barbados eventually settling for Old Blue on his own around 0400 zulu. That took
us through to mid morning when with the wind increasing to almost 20kts I
decided to run with white sails only. So unfurl the yankee to wind shadow the
chute, except the chute had twisted the snuffer overnight and was not coming
down, so we had to drop it to the deck and wrestle it away without it going into
the water and stopping us instantly – quite dangerous a 200 m2 sail full of
water – several tonnes.
Anyway we managed it but got a small tear in the fabric near the clew, so
we will need a bit of sail repair tape to fix that later, then we hoisted the
main and off we went – heading towards the Caribbean, for the first time in over
But still the NE Trades have not set in, I don’t think Columbus would have
ever found the Americas with these winds and as we head into the night they have
veered east and occasionally south east, pushing us back above 14N. Ho Hum
again... but 10 Dec still looks good for arrival – 16 days for the crossing –
and I am sure the ARC boats will also have had one of the slowest crossings in
their 25 year history.
804M to Bridgetown, Barbados
Suzie Too Crew