Fairwinds' Position Report 12.00 UTC 11th July 2007
Noon - Noon Run:108nm
Distance from Praia da Vitoria 221nm
Distance to WP B1 221nm
Distance to Camarinas (approx) 635nm
At 1300 yesterday after consulting the GRIBS we decided to heed Herb's advice and stay below 40 deg N until the front predicted for Thurs/Fri has gone through, thus hoping to avoid the strongest winds. We therefore altered course for a waypoint (B1) at 40 deg N 17deg 50'W, a distance of about 340 miles from our then current position.
In the evening we tried to listen to Herb but even with the external aerial on the Roberts SW receiver there was too much static. Spoke to Lady Ann on the VHF - she had been speaking to Herb and he was predicting 15 knots for Wednesday and 25, maybe a bit more, for Thursday when the front came through, after which we would be able to turn for our waypoint for Finisterre or La Coruna. By then there should be about 400 miles to go.
It was a roasting hot day with only a few knots of wind aft of the beam - the hottest we have ever been at sea on Fairwinds. Luckily it was calm enough to open the forehatch for some of the day. We managed to sail at a bit over four knots for most of the time, although it slowed down a little
bit after midnight. Kathy kept sailing slowly so I could sleep, but at three
o'clock when I came on watch I put the engine on, and we motor-sailed at up to 6 knots for the next nine hours. I topped up the diesel at ten thirty -
eleven litres filled the tank to the brim, with another 40 litres in cans
still in reserve.
This morning we heard Lady Ann calling up a US warship (which passed us maybe half an hour later) on CH16 and asking for the weather. They gave 15-20 knots, cloudy and 3-5ft seas for today. As I write this it is hot, the clouds have gone and we have about ten or eleven knots of wind from the SW . The genoa is poled out and we are rolling along peacefully at between four and four and a half knots.
(Dave - I couldn't find your landline number -will try to get it off Tim
when I give him a quick call later)