Atlantic crossing from Bermuda. 9

Thu 7 Jun 2007 18:41
Tuesday, a very good days sailing in almost perfect tradewind conditions, 15 to 20 knots from the S/W. All sail set including the staysail so managing to maintain a reasonable speed.  Spent the day honing our fishing skills. I have deliberately kept out of the fishing arrangements up to now, not wanting to adversely influence the set-up, with my record any influence would be negative. The wind remained steady throughout the night giving us 166 miles for the  24 hours to 7am Thursday. Awoke this morning to steady rain and a distant thunderstorm. Michel going mad trying to make the most of any brisk wind with the autopilot cutting out when the pressure comes on. It looks like we are going to be plagued with this problem for the whole trip, if we try to crank the boat up to any speed it causes the pilot to cut out.  Just after lunch as I write  the wind settled  down at 10 to 15 knots, the sea slightly agitay, quite warm hazy sunshine but at 35 degrees north considerably cooler than St Lucia at 14 degrees. The gribfile weather forecast is confused due to high pressure over the area but threatens somewhat more lively conditions to come. All well and having fun.
Still  no fish.  Manny