our current position is 35’55.20N 9’22.24W at 0920 UTC. We’re still heading for the Canaries and our course is taking us straight towards them at the moment.
After nearly 2 weeks on board this is my first chance to write the blog. This comes just as Elinca leaves mainland Europe and won’t be back again for another 7 months or so. The Strait of Gibraltar is 220 miles due east of us now and we’ve about 500 miles to run parallel to the Moroccan coast down to the Canaries.
After some light breezes, this morning brought the first sign of the trade winds and our big Kukri-sponsored cruising chute is up and pulling us along at a brisk pace. I can only assume that Neptune had a bit of Clare’s birthday meringue and Portuguese tropical fruit cake (so excellently baked by Cliggy). Also, after the rain of Portugal, the amount of sunshine is beginning to reflect our latitude.
Calmer seas have meant we can turn Elinca into a big steel classroom. Clare has started Yachtmaster theory with Zoe and Cliggy, while James is putting Andy K and myself through our astro-navigation paces. Which way up does the sextant go again? Seasick Jonny is also teaching Andrea the guitar – earplugs please!!!
PS can anyone please explain the obscurities of pawn movement in chess? Thanks.