Position "38:23.412N 31:30.282W"
Noon, 7th June 2008
What a difference a day makes! Since yesterday afternoon we have been making 7 to 8 knots constantly on the edge of what appears to be a deepening low pressure system just north west of us with high winds chasing us all the way into Horta. The distance made good in the last 24 hours is 165 miles and we have just 126 miles to run. As soon as we get within mobile phone range we'll switch them on. It looks like we'll now be alongside in the marina early in the morning now. We'll clear in through customs and immigration, and take on more fuel for the next leg to the UK before cleaning the boat and relaxing. - I feel a long 'Senior Sunday Lunch' coming on!
The sea has been alive around us with lots of dolphins for the past 24 hours, who seem to charge over to us and play in our bow waves, and then race us up to the next swell. Whole families of them leap out of the water, and some swim alongside, turning on their sides to look up at us, curious as to what or who we are. More sea birds are in evidence too, wheeling in the air just in front of the boat, and then swooping down behind us. It's great to see all this wildlife after the watery wastes of the Atlantic behind us - including the flying fish that once again try to hitch lifts by landing on our decks.
I think we will be taking a break of about 3 days in The Azores, and then weather permitting, we'll set off for the UK on 12th June. That should mean that we will be arriving in UK on or about Sunday the 22nd June. But more of those plans later. I've just read the weather faxes for the next week and it looks like the south of the UK will be getting some settled weather.(!?)
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