03 May 2012
Today brings change. It started with a change in my watch to sunrise. It is just crazy how quick the sun comes up on the ocean. It probably takes 60 seconds from when it peaks above the sea until it’s full. Laundry and water making took up an hour then I spent some time cleaning up my navigation station. When Stosh got up we found there was a coolant leak on the starboard engine. We repaired that and checked the coolant levels. Afterwards we decided to do an oil change on the generator. It had been over 200 hours since its last oil and fuel filter change. This took up about 2 hours as we did a very thorough job.
During this, the wind changed. We have now made the Westerlies. Yahoo!!! The wind is from the Northwest blowing about 12 knots. We are under sail power alone and making 6 to 7 knots. Our course is very close to the rhum line to the Azores and our chart plotter says we have 9.5 days to go.