SUNDAY 12TH of June 2022, 12.00 Ships time = Gmt.
17 days Out from Ascension
21°-14'N : 039°-58'W
Course= -Northerly–Full & By SB-tack, Speed; around the 6,5 to 7 kts
Wind =ENE4 to 5. Seawater 26° Celsius
Finally this morning the Tradewinds are showing a tendency of veering to the E-NE so we can make a more Northerly course.
No complaints about the breeze, she is still a nice in strength for sailing “Full & By”.
We’ve got the Port scuppers in the water with sails set upto the Royals and Outer jib, only 2 staysails on the Mizzen and just the spanker, no gafftopsail.
I had the opportunity to have a trick on the wheel this morning because the Voyage Crew got a Sunday holyday (from 08.00 this morning till 20.00) so a good opportunity for the permanent crew to have some hours on the wheel and being a lookout in the bow.
She is steering like a Swan and I didn’t have to touch the wheel for at least 5 minutes.
From the wheel on the Europa you can step away and look at the sails or the flag. It’s not like a tiller that will go to lee by itself when you let it go and brings your ship into the wind.
It looks like we are going to have a winner in the coming 24hrs in the Suns-Declination versus the Ships-latitude gamble/calculation/observation Game. Tomorrow you will have a name!
Done 24 hrs 161M in 330° = 6,7 kts Average,
Done 409 hrs 2.412,5M = 5,9 kts Average,
Horta: 1195M in Bearing 029°
Picture by: Aske Blom