Fairwinds' noon report Thurs 10th May
Noon position: 31deg 37'.7N 15deg 58'.3W
Noon-noon run: 102nm
202 miles from Graciosa, 89 miles to Calheta, Madeira
Shortly after yesterday's noon report a slight breeze sprung up and we made
sail, beam reaching at four to four and a half knots for the next fourteen
hours in eight to ten knots on the beam in continuously moderating sea
conditions - very pleasant. However, the wind died away at the three am
watch change and we reverted to the iron topsail. Engine went off for
about an hour this morning and we poled out the genoa, but there wasn't
enough breeze to even contemplate digging out the spinnaker. Took the
opportunity to top off the diesel tank, as we will probably be motoring the
rest of the way.
We have a passenger. A passenger pigeon to be precise. He landed on board
not long after noon yesterday and shows no signs of leaving. I have
furnished a box on the port sidedeck with an old t-shirt and provided muesli
and water, but the bird is obviously used to better things and keeps edging
towards the saloon. Percy is a racing pigeon wearing port and starboard leg
rings on the wrong sides, and is a plump and lazy bird who, I suspect, makes
a habit of hitching rides.
What else? Oh yes, we got a DSC distress alarm call - but it referred to a
vessel 200 miles from us, somewhere near Las Palmas. Otherwise a quiet night
with a sensible amount of sleep happening for once.
Hopefully the next report will be from Calheta.