North Atlantic Crossing
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12 January 2006 to 02 February 2006
In all we had a great crossing to the Caribbean. This photo was taken on the evening of our departure. We left Las Palmas at 17h00Z on the 12 January. We went around the North of the island for favourable winds, but found very little.
The next morning, we could still see the peak of the snow capped mountain on Tenerife through the clouds.
Laura and Liz snoozing in the most comfortable bunk on board.
We compact all our non bio-degradable garbage into plastic capped bottles so as to avoid bad smells. It is amazing how many bags etc, can be pushed into a bottle.
Liz on watch on the first day of her 18th year, Her 17th Birthday. Note how we are still wearing clothes "ugh" Photo taken with her new submersible digital camera, a present for this birthday.
One of the joys of an ocean crossing is the fishing.
Jack, always present when there's fresh fish coming on board, is in his normal position, as close to the action as possible.
Nearly on board...the Dorado (AKA Dolphinfish, Mahi Mahi, or Llampuga) is a strong fighter.
We euthenase all our fish with an alchohol spray directly to the gills. This improves the taste and is a less bloody and 'kinder' way of despatching the poor animal than bludgeoning it with a blunt object. We clean our fish in the dinghy to reduce the mess and make it easier to clean.
Jack looking for Flyingfish
Poo Patrol with Jack on a faster and rainy day.
...Then its calm again for a day....
...Before blowing up to a storm, in this one we ripped our mainsail...
...and had to be hand stitched...
...because we like to re-use the same holes so we don't weaken the fabric.
Then its calm again.
We flew the bag on the last 2 days.
This is the actual course sailed, the changes are to adjust comfort and find the best wind on the day, as well as to cross a cold front. The table below contains all the 17h00Z positions and day-runs. The total distance covered was 2824 NM, and if we could pull that line straight we would have arrived two days earlier :)
|Daily position reports tabulated from the Winlink system.|
|12 Jan||28-12.14N 015-34.59W||5.7||0||8 SE||Left @ 17h00 going round N of GC to STMartin|
|13 Jan||27-28.11N 017-07.71W||5.0||125||5 NE||Motoring in 5 kts wind. Squalls don't help much.|
|14 Jan||26-07.15N 019-08.35W||6.0||127||12 ENE||Nice breeze, rolly cross swell. All well on board.|
|15 Jan||25-11.85N 022-05.51W||6.0||140||15 ENE||All well, Liz's 17th Birthday tomorrow.|
|16 Jan||24-10.56N 024-52.55W||7.0||163||30 ENE||Bit of a gale, Liz's 17th Birthday|
|17 Jan||23-29.65N 027-22.18W||7.5||162||25 ENE||Seas still huge, better than yesterday|
|18 Jan||22-46.36N 030-00.00W||7.0||150||18 ENE||33.3% done 897 miles out of 2698|
|19 Jan||22-08.32N 032-09.31W||5.6||128||09 ENE||All well. Motoring, not enough wind|
|20 Jan||21-37.30N 033-44.65W||4.6||102||10 NE||Light NE wonderful wx. Sailing Nekkid :)|
|21 Jan||21-02.42N 035-59.60W||5.6||127||18 NE||Welded a broken bracket on generator.|
|22 Jan||20-39.89N 038-32.60W||7.3||144||20 NNE||HALFWAY!|
|23 Jan||20-24.48N 041-17.34W||7.4||153||20 ENE||Nice day. Poled Genny, Staysl, 1reefmain|
|24 Jan||20-01.29N 044-17.27W||7.3||160||20 ENE||Nice day. caught a Dorado.|
|25 Jan||19-48.43N 046-16.49W||6.0||128||18 ESE||No wind in morning Better now.|
|26 Jan||19-36.08N 048-32.09W||4.9||134||14 E||Expecting ligter condx tomorrow. Spinnaker?|
|27 Jan||19-02.15N 050-42.72W||5.7||125||14 SE||Better wind than expected,maybe lose breeze soon.|
|28 Jan||18-54.17N 052-34.05W||3.6||103||08 NW||Blew out mainsail while crossing C.Front|
|29 Jan||18-24.11N 054-44.23W||7.6||139||15 NW||Had a storm, better now.|
|30 Jan||18-07.60N 057-32.74W||7.3||159||20 E||Two more days by our calculations.|
|31 Jan||18-11.87N 060-06.63W||3.5||145||11 E||But then the wind died, now we need 1 more day|
|01 Feb||18-12.65N 062-14.21W||8.4||114||17 E||Flying under Spinnaker in gentle rain,flat seas,spooky|
|02 Feb||18-04.27N 063-05.61W||0||96||17 E||Anch.St. Martin. 2824 miles from Las Palmas. 20 days|