01 May 2012
Wow, I called that one right. I no longer sent off yesterday's post and said hi to Stosh and a Mahi hit. Stosh brought him to the stern of the boat but one last jerk of its head and the line snapped. Bummer.
Dave cooked scallops, new potatoes, and made a salad for dinner last night. It was very good eatin for three guys floating in a small boat mid-Atlantic. We did a pretty thorough cleaning of the cabin before our watches started. Watch rotation goes from 21:00 to 1:00, 1:00 to 4:00, and 4:00 until we all get up. Right now I'm on the first watch, Dave is second, and Stosh gets the morning. After 5 nights we will rotate so everyone gets to see sunrise, which is pretty special out here. My watch last night was the best I've ever had. There was a perfectly consistent wind so the sails didn't need to be adjusted at all. I kicked back and had an Enya Fest. I can't understand a word she sings but the sound and tempo goes great for midnight sailing (imo).
Today we are motor sailing. The wind is still coming from the North East. If we sailed alone we would have to make a stop in Bermuda and the crossing would be about 21 days. . One nice thing we have is the ability to get long range weather forecasts via NOAA grib files. I've been downloading them at noon every day and then we plan a course. It looks like we will have about 2 or 3 days of motor sailing before the wind turns from the west. This is normal and we anticipated it hence the large amount of diesel we are carrying.
Our bearing right now is 62 degrees true. Wind speed is 14 knots. Waves are minimal. Weather clear.