Position Report on Friday 11th April 2014

The Alba Chronicles
Neville Howarth
Fri 11 Apr 2014 15:53

Position Report on Friday 11th April 2014 at 0800


09:03.4S  123:37.3W


So far, we've done 2,125 miles with 920 miles to go.  In the last 24 hours, we’ve done 160 miles.  I reckon that we should be arriving on the 17th April if we can maintain this daily rate – that’s only 6 days.  We’re sailing at 5 knots in 6-8 foot, confused seas, still heading on a course of 265 degrees.  It's sunny at the moment we’re both fine.  Here’s what we did yesterday and overnight.


10 April 2014   Galapagos to Marquesas (Day 15)


Dawn brought us grey overcast skies and a couple of rain showers, but it soon brightened up and, by midmorning, we were rolling along at 6.5 knots enjoying the sunshine.


We've been at sea for two weeks now and surprisingly, Glenys hasn't killed me yet, despite not having anyone else to talk to.  We've just passed 120 degrees west and have entered another time zone, so the clocks went back again - meaning that I had to wait an extra hour for lunch.


The last of the Dorado has been used up, but we didn't put the fishing line out because both of us are getting a little bit weary of fish for every meal.  Glenys made pizza out of some Arabic flat bread that she bought in Santa Cruz - she's calling it Passage Pizza because it was so easy to make.  We had the old Central American staple of pork with rice and beans for dinner.


The afternoon was just another day at sea - I had a nap and Glenys pottered about, glancing up at the wind direction every so often.  The clouds built up during the afternoon again and we had a couple of showers, but it was dry as the sun set.


Overnight, the seas were big and chaotic, but with 20 knot winds, we were going along nicely at 6-7 knots.  In the cockpit while on watch, it seemed quite tranquil (apart from the incessant rolling), but down in the back cabin the roar of the waves catching us up and the occasional surfing is loud.  Glenys was quite concerned when she came into the cockpit for her 1-4 watch, thinking that we were running ahead of strong winds, but I was just sat there calmly gazing out at the stars.