Bermuda to Flores (Azores) - Day 5
19 May 2017 | Mid Atlantic
Last night the wind was from dead behind, and not really enough of it, so Yarona ghosted along wing-on-wing at barely four knots. The sea was calm, so I managed movie hour in the cockpit on my night watch. Neverland with Kate Winslet and Johnnie Depp was even more surreal mid-Atlantic. We both slept soundly off watch for the first time this passage. Today has been an excellent day, sunshine and a bit more wind. We have dropped the pole that kept the headsail from slatting, and are now creaming along on a broad reach at almost 7 knots. We have change course to head slightly more south. There is a really bad storm forecast for Tuesday, with its centre to the north of us, so we want to put more miles between it and us. We downloaded GRIB files and synoptic charts as usual this morning, gulped at what they showed, and sent a request to Commanders' Weather for an updated forecast and routing advice. They haven't sent it yet, but I suspect they are very busy with a lot of worried sailors out here. We are averaging a sighting of one ship a day. They all divert around us, the default CPA being about four miles. So far we have only seen one other yacht. On each of the last three days we have had a visit from a large pod of dolphins, always around the same time, late afternoon. We treat this as a good omen.