Progress continues in a slow pace 131 nM the last 24 h where off 25 nM by engine when it was not possible to sail, the waves made the sails “slam” rather violently and I do not know how long they would have stayed in one piece.
Now ca 10 kn wind form behind speed around 5 knots. If one believes the forecast wind will drop tonight and tomorrow mid day it will shift to southerly wind 12 to 15 kn and heavy rain. Today we have improved the impregnating on our Bimini as we noticed yesterday during a gentle rain that it was needed. 12 to 15 kn will give us good speed beam reaching the last day and a half.
Dinner last night was a delicious tuna soup and a glass of white wine, as long as the sea state is not to bad we enjoy very good food aboard, Kerstin doing a great job in the galley. Pos N 41 42 W 15 56.
355 Nm to A Coruna.
Yesterday started with very weak wind so we motored for 7 hours before we could set sail again, progress was rather good even though not much wind as we have the current with us, maybe 0,5 kn, not much you might think, but 3,3 kn feels much better than 2,8 kn. The wind increased slowly and by midnight speed was close to 7 kn, which we still average. Wind is now 14 to 18 km from SW the forecast say ca 15 kn until sunset, so we enjoy as long as it last. Going is rather gentle as waves from behind. Autopilot is not excellent course varies sometimes +/- 15 degrees from set course even though waves are maybe 1 m so waves should not be a problem for the autopilot.
Yesterday’s dinner; fresh tuna with ratatouille tasted divine with a glass of a good white whine.
Position N 40 47 W 18 31 UTC 11:00
Distance day three 143 nM where off 102 by sail.
Distance to go 482 nM
Weather cloudy rain is hanging in the air,
Day two was an eventful day even though progress was slow as wind was in low singled digits from behind. Our Balooner did a good job until wind direction shifted and we had to take it down. Of course it started to rain rather heavy and we got wet so did the cockpit as it was wide open. Well just to dry our self and the cockpit. It was raining for a few hours and then as the rain stopped so did the wind and we had to engage our engine. After about two hours the wind came back and while sailing Kerstin prepared our evening meal. She was almost finished with the dinner, when I discovered that we had a fish on one of our lures. A break in the dinner cocking and together we started to haul in a nice tuna, while hauling the tuna, we discovered that we had a tuna on an other lure as well. Soon the after deck looked more as a butcher floor than anything else. While Kerstin toke care of the fish I started to clean the deck. That’s the drawback with fishing it gets very messy and slippery on deck. When almost ready it was time to haul in the last lure and untangle a mess of lures and strings, then I noticed that the lure was gone on the third and last tackles. We have had a fish on all three lures, never happened before. When looking outside in the water one could se fishes all around the boat fascinating. Do not know if they were locking for missing fish friends ( sad thought) or eating from the remains from the tunas we were cleaning? While looking at the fish in the water I discovered a big sperm whale very close to Kerpa closer than when we were on whale watching in Horta just recently, maybe two boat length from us. Finally we had close encounter with a large whale! It surfaced a few times and blew then it disappeared. Now it was time to continue with the dinner which was enjoyed after the sun was below the horizon.
I the middle of the night Kerstin poured a hot cup of tea over her self so she had to cool down her self with some ice from the freezer, looked as she was successful with that no burn mark visible now.
Progress during the night have been very uneven sometimes below 3 knots then 5 knots for a while average ended up just below 4 knots.
08:00 we are closed hauled heading East instead of NE as we want speed first 5 kn , but falling so now we are motoring wind about 2-3 kn! 24 h distance 111 nM whereof 18 nM by engine
Position N 39 36 W 21 14 UTC 11:00
Distance to go 625 nem
The forecast was for light wind so we expected a lot of motoring, but to our delight the wind picked up, just as we left Ponta Delgada, with pooled out genoa and main we had speed around 8 kn for a few hours. As wind eased we sat our Balooner, and speed was despite true wind 9-10 kn exceeding 5 kn. The wind direction went more to west so we had to take down the Balooner in the middle of the night. Not much speed during night and morning, we tried different sail combinations and different courses including the mizzen stay sail. Worked so so. Now we are back with the Balooner and speed is +/-4,5 kn, not to bad as apparent wind is 3-6 kn. We can not expect much more wind for the coming 24 hours, but as long we do not need to motor we are pleased. Non of us have slept much during the night and at dawn we felt very tiered, but when the sun starts to shine one feels no longer tiered, pay back comes tonight, guess we both will be very tiered by tomorrow morning. We have had visits b
y dolphins a few times, they play for a while 10-15 minutes, then off they go, one always feel extra happy after such visits. Weather is good mostly sunshine and pleasant temperature both day and night.
Pos N 38 36 W 23 12 at 11:00 UTC
24 h distance 139 nM 5,8 kn average
Distance remaining 733 nM
To day we are leaving the Very beautiful Azores and heading for A Coruna, a trip of ca 850 nM. The forecast is for rather low wind so probably a lot of motoring, guess it will take a week. We will make our daily update on the blog. unfortunately I have not had time to update our blog from the other islands we have visited, will do that when in A Coruna. However some pictures from Sao Miguel below. The Azores should be visited unbelievable beautiful. Pictures does not relive the true beauty