Less than 1000 nm to go!Markus
04-Dec-2007, 18d 19m N 045d 41m W
Oh boy what happened to the trade winds?? After the first week of hunting them south of the Canaries it looked like they had finally moved in for good but 3 days ago the weather has started playing havoc with our progress again - everything from contrary winds to totally becalmed and nothing of that nice ENE at 20kn from behind... Our ETA in Antigua has now slipped to Wed, 12DEC which in face of current weather forecasts might still prove a challenge. On top of that we had to dismount our windvane self steering yesterday morning after one of the mounting brackets showed signs of a stress fracture after continues pounding in sometimes quite heavy seas (and threatened to penetrate the hull if the whole thing came lose...). And we had to remedy some engine trouble after those same heavy seas apparently caused some siphoning of sea water into the engine oil. We got that (hopefully) fixed this morning and now at least have full power generating capability back (the tow generator doesn't keep up with consumption in the lighter winds we're currently experiencing). Anyway - this morning looked like a much brighter day after the engine job was done and after everyone on board finally has had a good night of sleep on a becalmed boat (bad for progress but good for crew morale...). Otherwise all is well aboard and if we catch some tuna for tonight we will be a very happy ship again! Stay tuned for further updates...
Rolling on the OceanMarkus
27-Nov-2007, 19d 53m N 033d 06m W
Hello from the Atlantic where we have been heading west since last Wednesday (21NOV), when the tradewinds finally settled in again. After 24 hours of very confused seas we're now in a pattern of good sailing days with squally nights. Continued rolling in cross swells makes life aboard a bit strenuous as you cannot put down anything e.g. for cooking without it flying off some surface in the next big wave and you permanently have to wedge yourself somewhere below decks while brushing teeth, washing dishes etc. But we are getting used to it and have enjoyed some very fine sailing days under twin headsails which have proofed a very favorable sail configuration for this type of downwind sailing. About 1650 nm to go - All is well aboard, stay tuned for further updates...
In search of the elusive tradewinds...Markus
20-Nov-2007, 23d 05m N 019d 05m W
A quick message from the Atlantic, still heading SSW to reach the tradewinds that are forecasted to have re-established themselves on Thursday when a low and associated cold-front off the Canaries and Madera finally crumbles and high pressure moves in north of us... about 2500 nm to go to Antigua, all is well aboard... finished the last of our fresh meat supplies yesterday, now hoping for the fish to bite to save us from the cans ;-) ... stay tuned for further updates...
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