4 days Out of Horta
12.00 Ships time = Gmt + 1.
We are struggling to sail in a N-NE.ly direction sometimes the winds allows us that course but most of the time we have to steer a more Easterly course but if the winds are becoming a bit more Westerly we take advantage to use those opportunities.
Of course we could sail in a straight course to the English Channel but looking at the weatherforecast that is not such a good plan. Headwinds and little winds are forecasted for this route.
Last night we made a good run to the North-Northeast making 8 to 9 knots and we had to strike our skys’ls the Flying jib and the Royal Stays’ls because it came as a strong breeze. We had some clear skies but also periods of drizzle and even some showers. Sailing Full & By on Port tack, the trick on the wheel is becoming an art. Just filling up the sails and an angle of 60° to the Apparent wind.
Our Plankton trawls are regularly carried out especially if the speed drops below 5 knots.
7 trawls done and a lot of pictures taken by the 2 Go-Pro camera’s that are installed to find the floating plastic.
We are regularly visited by common dolphins and yesterday evening together with the sunset a whale showed his blow.
In the meantime we passed the latitude of Cabo Finisterre although we are 460 Miles due West of this famous Cape
43°-35’N : 019°-51’W
Drizzle and Poor visibility, Wind NW by N 3.
Water temp. 18°C
Making around the 5kts in 050°
Done 24hrs 145M in 038° = 6kt Average
Done total 98hrs 518M = 5,3 Average
To go: English Channel entrance 670M in 060°