08 May 2019 | 32:58N 062:31W
Trip:167 Distance to Waypoint 1674; Bearing to Waypoint 069deg 32deg 57'.873N 062deg 31'.237W COG: 350 SOG:5.4
Thursday 9th May 2019 03:01(boat time)
Good sailing...but all in the wrong direction.
You know what they say about sailing...the shortest distance between to points is a zig-zag line...
Since the wind shift early hours of Wednesday morning we have not managed to make much progress to wards out destination. The past 24hrs and 100NM have been tacking back and forth, a big, from midnight till 1500 we have been heading SE then we tacked and now heading NW. At the moment the wind is coming directly from where we want to go. The wind is just starting more round to the east, which means that our COG is now moving North or just slightly east of north, which is welcome, if it carries on going round we might be able stay on this tack for a while longer. We are expecting the wind to go round to the NW again in which case we will change tack and then be able to lay a course direct for Horta...he says hopefully. However we do expect to be becalmed for a few days over the weekend, Saturday through to the wee hours of Monday morning.
We have not had any particularly strong winds of heavy seas as yet, although there are quite a few wind squalls around but are quite mild, giving us a bit of a lift in the wind speed, which at the moment is welcome, but as yet we managed to avoid any significant rain.
We are still in the company of SY Emotion and are trying to keep together. We are in communication via VHF two or three times a day, and are tacking at the same time.
We had a small pod of small dolphins come and swim around the boat round about noon today, which is always a pleasant surprise and uplifting.
We caught up with the sail training vessel ST Gunilla which tacked just before us and sailed between us and Emotion. They were making slow progress, after we tacked we ended up sailing past them, but shortly after they stowed sails and motored off in the direction of Horta.
it is a very dark night with a 1/4 moon low on the horizon and hidden by cloud, I can just make out Emotion's light to our Starboard quarter.
Richard and Alison yacht Cerulean of Penryn
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