Good day everyone,
Our current position is 23 Degrees 09.978′ N 19 Degrees 00.179′ W, so close to the Tropic of Cancer, we are nearly there!
We are sailing downwind with our goosewings out (jib out on the port side and the main sail out on starboard) heading towards the Cape Verdes. The weather over the past 24 hours has been pretty good, we have had an average of force 4 winds and we have been travelling at a rough speed of 7-8 knots. The wind picked up a lot in the early hours of this morning, force 6’s and 7’s have been recorded in the log between 2am-7am which meant that a couple of reefs were put in the main sail to help steady Elinca (a reef means that we fold down a section of the main sail to make it shorter).
On our competition front, Jon’s watch is currently ahead with a top speed of 15 knots and a mileage of 37 miles which they did last night.
The deep swells that we have been crossing meant a difficult night of sleep for the crew, my neck definitely ached this morning, and my watch team is currently a bit zombie-like! Clare did a mega-graveyard shift last night to help with the reefing and then to cover her own watch, so she caught a much-earned 40-winks under the spray hood when the wind had quietened down.
On a more humorous note, my cabin buddies left the cabins hatch open last night which meant that I jumped out of my skin when a wave entered my cabin when I was sleeping!
On the social side of sailing, we had our weekly Mucky Duck pub quiz last night which saw James and Cliggy quizmaster rounds on nature, pot luck and religion. See how you fare in the nature round:
1. (2 points) What kind of dolphins did we see since leaving the canaries?
A) Short-beaked dolphins
B) Atlantic Spotted dolphins
C) Bottlenose dolphins
D) Risso’s dolphins
2. How many birds have settled on Elinca since leaving Falmouth?
3. (2 points) Name 2 sharks we may find in the middle of the atlantic ocean.
4. (2 points) How many flies are currently stuck to our fly paper? and for a bonus point, how many flies have we caught per hour?
5. (2 points) If I was a 33m pale greyish-blue whale, what would I be, and how high would I blow?
6. What is the largest wingspan of the largest albatross species – the wandering albatross?
7. How many penguin species can be found in Antarctica (not including sub-antarctic islands)?
8. (2 points) How far might a wandering albatross travel in 17 days? and for a bonus point, what is a happy cruising speed for a wandering albatross?
9. How many flowering plant species can be found in Antarctica?
The winners of this weeks quiz was Jon’s watch, which include his parents, Norman and Heather along with Andrea and Andy K. So congrats to them!
Our current date on our Atlantic calendar is the 25th January, which means is currently Burns night, wooo! But unfortunately i don’t think the watch have time to fit in a cheeky ceilidh as we are about to gybe…. which also means i must go and get back to sailing.