Passage To La Corona Spain 17.55 FST 28th july 11
28 July 2011 | Passage To La Corona Spain
Position 45 25.25n 006 41.04W
Time now is 17.55 French Summer Time (FST) on the 28th July 2011 We have about 150 miles to go, and we are motoring again!!!. This means we have been motoring for almost 26 hours.
The 150 miles left will take about another 30 hours, as we are only doing between 5 to 6 knots over the ground. We are keeping the engine RPM to around 2,500 rpm, as this gives us the best fuel consumption figure. We have tried sailing with the Main and Genoa, but boat speed was less than 3 knots, so gave that up as it was far too slow.
We also tried flying the PARASAILOR for an hour, this is like a Spinnaker but with a built in wing. This makes it much more stable than a conventional spinnaker. The best speed we got was 4.2 knots in 8.5 knots of following wind, i.e. dead down wind. Again this was to slow at this stage of our adventure, as we want to get down to La Corona Spain, and then around the headland into the Spanish Rea's.
So far we have seen lots of bottled nosed dolphins, all came very close to the boat, swimming along the side of the boat, and then diving under the bow and out the other side. They looked like they were having fun.
We have just seen a Log Fin Pilot Whale, but some distance away. We first saw the blow as it surfaced, and then the arch of its back before it dived down under the water.
I am now trying to catch or supper with the fishing rod out. I have no idea what I am doing, and I think we are going too fast to catch anything, but I will keep trying until we get hungry and have to eat some meat instead.
I will send more news later.
Paul & Rhu