Noon Position: 45 33.9 N 060 24.0 W
Course: 055, Speed: 5 knots
Wind: Southwest 15 knots
Daily Run: 114 miles
Average speed: 4.75 knots
It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining, light
cirrus clouds fleck the sky and we have a fair wind at our stern, sailing wing
and wing before at a comfortable 5 knots.*
Yesterday we cleared Sheet Harbor
and at 12.40 shut down the engine to drift awaiting some wind. This
time the forecast was spot on and at 3 p.m. we were sailing before a light
south-easterly which gradually backed into the west-southwest and freshened to
a very comfortable 12 – 15 knots. We had more fog overnight and
encountered some traffic as we passed Canso Strait
early this morning, indicated by their fog horns, we didn’t actually see
anything, but this morning the sun has burnt off the fog and now we have a
lovely clear blue sky and excellent visibility. Hopefully it will last
for a while.
As far as the wind goes we have a favourable forecast until
Friday with light to moderate westerly winds, so for now we press on. Our
next stop is St Johns, Newfoundland, now 380 miles away, if the
wind holds we should be there in three to four days.
* Wing and wing (or goosewinged as we say in Australia) is
where you have the mainsail out one side and the jib poled out the other.