Thursdsy 22nd November
End of day two on the second leg from Mindelo to St Lucia sees us sailing nicely with a northerly force 3 making a little over 6.5knts in the right direction. Our start yesterday was put under time pressure as we discovered late on that the holding tank (raw sewage tank) was blocked and couldn’t be drained. To fix this we had to leave the harbour and blow air back up the outlet to dislodge the blockage. Well done Ian. On leaving Mindelo we did a bit of motoring following the start and then sailed in light airs in beautiful sunshine until late afternoon when the wind died and the motor went back on. We worked our way south of the rum line in the expectation that the wind would fill in earlier there and were rewarded with sufficient wind to start sailing in the early hours of today. The wind improved as the day went on and we have just ended a sunny 10 hour reach with the cruising chute as we now reduce sail for the overnight period.
I will let the notional skipper bang on about the fish caught yesterday and today but I would like to complement Caroline (the real skipper) on her filleting and cooking skills. I didn’t try the Tuna (not in a tin and swimming in oil) but the Mahi Mahi was fabulous.
We haven’t seen any other yachts all day (are there really 72 going to the same place as us?)but have been entertained by Karl from Orion running a music quiz on this mornings SSB net and spotting a shark following the boat! The notional skipper has been volunteered to to check if it bites when we reach the half way mark. Thats all from the lowly crew member.
Caroline can’t be arsed!
Charlotte apparently can’t write!