Atlantic Crossing - first 48hrs
18 January 2016
With a good weather forecast, we left the anchorage in Mindelo, along with up to 20 others boats, at midday on Saturday 16th January bound for Barbados.
We shot out into the Straits between the islands of Sao Vicente and Santo Antao but once we were 25-30 miles out, the winds became very light and variable such that we put the engine on for a while. However, the winds returned and we had the genoa out only, scooting along nicely. The next morning we went 'wing on wing' with the genoa poled out to starboard and the main to port and 11/2 reefs in both. Total mileage first day 120 miles.
Today the winds are a light 16-18kts and have gone slightly north so we are broad-reaching nicely around 5.5kts in a slight sea.
We've had a few flying fish pay us a visit. A couple of small ones were found on the deck in the morning and were dead but one larger one flew into the cockpit last night and was returned to the ocean.
The first night we could see the lights of other boats but we didn't see any last night though we could hear talking on the radio. Seems like Barbados and Martinique are where most boats are heading for.
We are fine, both suffering colds, not eating much, as usual, as we get into a routine.
That's all for now.