08 May 2019 | 32:29N 062:45W
101nm down Distance to Waypoint 1695; Bearing to Waypoint 068deg 32deg 29'.625N 062deg 44'.945W
Wednesday 8th May 2019 07:58(boat time)
First Night At Sea
Well we had been making good progress to our destination yesterday, Bermuda quickly disappeared behind us, as we made 5-6kts towards our destination with as fair wind and a fair tide behind us. However overnight the helpful North Westerly wind that had been pushing us on our way nicely, as predicted veered to the North East amidst a heavy rain squall, the best course we could manage for at time was due south. The squall soon passed us by and the wind settled down to NNE force. With one reef in the main, full staysail and 3/4 genoa we are making 4.5-5.5kts SOG (speed over ground) but our COG (course oer ground) is SE (131deg) rather than our desired NE (068 degrees) course. It looks as though it is going to stay like this for a day or two so we shall through in a tack soon to push us back further north, which will hopefully take us above the large area of no wind from the Azores High that we are heading for.
We are still in close contact with S/Y Emotion and VHF communication.
Just as a point of interest 12 or so miles to the south east of the sail training ship Gunilla which we can see on the AIS and whom are also heading for Horta are making the same COG as us, perhaps a little worse but are only making 3.8kts SOG, I assume they are a square rigger, I think they may have been in St George's Harbour Bermuda same time as us, but left a few hours earlier.
Alison has just started her watch now, so time for some kip for me.
'Fayre Wynds and Kynd Seas
Richard and Alison yacht Cerulean of Penryn
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