have just over 500 miles to go as I write this, assuming we aim for Horta on
Faial, our preferred landfall. The weather gods have been half decent to us and
we are hurtling along in the general direction of the Azores, though we would
miss them if we stay on this course. We are being headed south now, but not
enough to tack yet, so we’ll just keep going till we have to do so – probably
forecast is for much of the same for a bit, and then a shift to light but
favourable winds on Saturday. There is a bit of nasty looking weather for next
Tuesday, so we are working hard to get ourselves in beforehand.
of the complications has been that we have a contrary current of around 0.5 to 1
knot, which is knocking off about 15-20 miles a day, and we can do nothing about
it. Without this feature, we would have been a good 100 miles further east
already. Best worry only about what we can do something about, I
moved the clocks forward again today, so are now only 1 hour behind the Azores
and UTC/GMT, 2 hours behind BST. It gets a bit confusing for the watch keepers,
but better that than having to adjust all the difference in one fell swoop.
Lorraine got the benefit today of the reduced hour’s watch, but still thinks she
is having sleep stolen!
did spot a couple of whales – we think – today, showing fins in our wake about
300 metres behind us. No enough for a definitive identification, but we are
bagging the sighting anyway!