Position: 15 37.0 S 038 13.5 W
Course: South. Speed: 4..5 knots
Wind: East; F3 - gentle breeze
Weather: Partly cloudy, warm
Day's Run: 157 nm
We have gotten off to a very pleasing start for our passage to Montevideo.
We worked our way off the coast overnight for a variety of reasons, first to
get away from inshore traffic and navigational hazards, this latter being
rather important as I have only very small scale charts of the Brazilian
coast, second to clear the shipping lanes and third to take advantage of the
Brazil Current which I am pleased to say must have added about 25 miles to
the day's run. The weather is glorious, just a bit warm, but things will get
colder soon enough. Last night we had a beautiful half moon lighting the
night sky and when that set early in the morning the stars shone
brilliantly, and it was peaceful and quiet, no discos blaring into the night
air at ungodly decibels. I stared in wonder at the Magellanic Clouds, two of
our nearby galaxies making up part of the Milky Way. The ancient Egyptians
believed the Milky Way was the heavenly extension of the Nile, a river of
All is well.
There he goes again, I think the boy has too much time o his hands. Though I
have to admit I agree with the skipper, it is nice to be at sea again, peace
and quiet, gentle rolling, nice breeze flowing through the hatch, sun
shining, a few extra pats and some grooming, all very conducive to a good
day's work . . . Zzzzzzzz.