As you may know, we are already in the Azores. This entry was written during our last hours at sea.
Blog No 6 38’14 N 29’32W at 21.00GMT
Yesterday’s wake - up call from skipper and wife: “Orca’s”! Two pods of the big
toothed whales had no interest in Yacht 42 at all (maybe good for us) they were
probably on a hunting mission some 100 - 200 meters away. Little did they know
about our sweepstake and our desire to reach Horta in daylight on Tuesday! The
favourable wind conditions changed and, even if Michael tried hard to make it by
supporting the spinnaker with the starboard engine, mission impossible.
Calculations this morning resulted in an ETA of around 3 am on Wednesday morning
- destroying the dreams of a decent pint of lager later this evening. The winner
of our bets will certainly be Dalit and she already made some investment by
supporting Noam’s backgammon games with Michael (in fact no support needed at
all as it turned out).
The log after two full weeks “on tour” shows a mileage of 2656 i.e. an average of
189, 7 miles per day....with approx. 80 miles to go. The “direct” line between BVI
and the Azores is 2200 miles – so we did quite well!
Alex and Hans were allowed to practice their helming skills – with not much risk for
the experts even if the spi was set: with a stable wind of about 14, worst would be
arriving in Morocco (where most of us have not been before). “Lady M” passed us
not far away - a private motor yacht of about 200 feet, probably only with crew
and without the single widow owner (dream on Hans). We might meet her again in
Horta (“Lady M” not the owner). Also dolphins were part of this sunny leisure day
– we are getting used to them. Another delicious dinner awaits before we get to
the delights of Horta; looks like we’ll be exchanging the pints of lager for bloody
Marys to breakfast in style and to celebrate the crossing. You will, dear reader, be
receiving this news after the event as we hope to have ‘proper’ internet from about
6am tomorrow. We will also be posting the photos missing from the previous blogs
for your delight and delectation. You may also appreciate that this blog has had 4
authors to date; some more cryptic than others.