Fairwinds' Position Report 12.00 UTC 21st June 2007
Distance from Ponta Delgada 29nm
Distance to Horta (approx) 120nm
Left Ponta Delgada at six this morning and motored for a couple of hours,
then managed to get the main up and motor-sailed for a couple more hours. We
actually sailed for about an hour between 10.30 and 11.30 but the wind went
light and headed us again so we put the motor back on to make up time. The
plan is to be in Horta before dark tomorrow (Friday) so we need to keep up a
reasonable average. We are currently motor sailing in 10 knots apparent
about 20 degrees off the port bow.
The wind is set to increase to 15 knots and go round to 230 round about noon
tomorrow, which will make the last few miles a bit of a struggle no doubt -
our course up to ten miles from Horta is 287T, then 315T for the last ten
The autohelm (TP10) has packed up, so motoring means hand steering which is
a pain. I have had it apart and the problem appears to be that the shaft
from the motor which turns the toothed wheel and belt is no longer engaging.
Perhaps MAYS (Mid Atlantic Yacht Services) in Horta can fix it.
Plan B if the wind gets too strong and on the nose is to divert to Terceira,
but we really want to get to Horta, so the next report will hopefully be
from there tomorrow evening, where we should have WiFI on the boat.