The morning arrives as we arise, around 9am having had a mere 3 hours sleep, to a cup of real coffee. Excellente! Freshly baked bread – toast and jam/peanut butter. What more could we ask for. The wind is good and all is well. Adam and Huw play with the navigation gadgets some more and manage to calibrate the SOG (speed over the ground) on three different screens to be the same. Then manage to get Paul’s remote controlled hand held GPS to also talk to all the other screens more efficiently.
When it’s our turn to go back on watch the wind decides to die off almost completely (around 1330, siesta time!) and we have to pull in the mainsail. It’s quite wallowy too as there’s a swell and without any speed we can’t avoid it. Boo hoo. Then would you credit it, as soon as we hand over watch to Adam the wind returns. Light it may be and taking us slightly off course again but wind it is and we’re able to get speeds back to a tolerable 4.5 knot average.
More flapjack making, this time with the oven down really low and monitoring them carefully. They look spectacular, we will let you know later how they were received :0). Oh and we added some fresh Ginger too. Yummy!
Will in on mother watch duties today and is going all out to impress and raise the bar. Ham and cheese salad wraps for lunch followed by fruit pieces. He’s now preparing hors d´oeuvres and paella for dinner. What can we say but “bring it on!”. The dinner was great, we are certainly eating well on this trip. A slight mishap- Will cut his finger, maybe a rouse to get out of washing up chores its not clear :0)
We are monitoring water and milk rations see how our calculations hold up – in case we need to look for a re-supply at Cape Verde. We didn’t plan on this as it’s supposed to be more expensive down here and less availability.
There’s a flurry of activity after dinner – a fish. Has been caught but thrown back as it’s a barracuda and not very nice, we get an email from Fiona, she’s about 100miles north of us, and we start seeing ARC boats in our sights. When we do our 9-12 watch in the evening Lionessa is off our port side (left) she’s a big racing boat in the ARC possibly somewhere in the lead of the boats choosing this route. We’re surprised to see her inshore of us but then as we’ve found, the best wind has been in more Coastal waters. When we return for our 6-9 early morning shift she’s still in our sights having gybed (turning the back of the boat through the wind, as opposed to tack’d – putting the front of the boat through the wind) around us all night.