Passage from Ascension to Grenada S07:13:9 W023:04:3
Increasing winds during the day caused a bit of boisterousness later on but after much discussion (Jean “Shall we put a reef in?” Matt “No I don’t think so, let’s just hold out for the time being”) we decided against a reef and continued on a 2 sail reach throughout the night. The winds have abated back down to around 18kts. Not been much sun around so the batteries are quite low in the morning – having to run the generator every morning for around 2.5 hours.
After not seeing any other ships since we set off, we had a very close encounter this morning with a large (1000ft) tanker heading for Singapore but directly in our path (seen and predicted by the AIS). After a call on the VHF he very kindly altered course and passed half a mile behind our stern.
A couple more birds on the solar panels preening themselves this morning and leaving us presents…..
Date and time: 19th Feb 2016; 0800 GMT
24 hours distance: 194nm
Position: S07:13:9 W023:04:3