The Home Stretch (so we hope)!Markus
11-Dec-2007, 17d 18m N 059d 51m W
After some favorable winds and keeping the "pedal to the metal" for the past 36 hrs we now hope to be in Antigua tomorrow (Wednesday) late afternoon. The final sprint is taking a bit of a toll on boat and crew especially with having had to hand steer in big and confused seas with the boat going 7+ knots. Doing a 3-hour shift of that at night leaves you somewhat jaded especially while it is hard to get decent sleep during the off-watch as the boat is tossed around in the waves. Anyway, Jolly Harbour in Antigua is now (111600DEC boat time =3D utc-4) only 130 nm away and we are sure looking forward to arrival after 26 days at sea! Next update from Antigua - stay tuned...
09-Dec-2007, 16d 56m N 054d 42m W
Did I say the trades are back a few days ago? Well that was short lived... after dealing with rain and thunder squalls all day yesterday (and actually making good progress) we were becalmed 14 hrs during last night. Now there is a gentle 10 knots of true wind from behind which only gets us about 4.5 kn of boat speed with ~420 nm to go to Antigua - and even the occasional squalls don't provide much of a push currently... hence our ETA now has slipped to Thursday morning. On the bright side, it is a sunny day and we had a mink whale (as correctly identified by Nicky) drifting right along side Namani for about 20 min this morning. Stay tuned - we will get there eventually...
Whales alongside Namani!Markus
07-Dec-2007, 16d 51m N 051d 01m W
Wow - an unusual view this morning: shortly after sunrise we had a pod of 4-5 whales (type to be determined, each one approx the length of our boat) swimming approx. 20m off Namani's beam before crossing our bow and disappearing into the distance. Quite an awesome sight - if a bit close for comfort though... With a good 24 hr run behind us and approx. 625 nm to go we're still hoping for 12DEC arrival - stay tuned...
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