Atlantic Crossing – Day 167

Blogger: Mariel Date: 27-Feb-2020 Location: Drifting around in the middle of nowhere Total to Date: 2124nm (782nm to go) 24 Hour Run: 97nm (oh dear) Well, no whales to finish off yesterday as a perfect day, but today has been great for this mermaid because we have been becalmed! Hooray! (Irish John says it isContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 167”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 16 – Fish On!!

Blogger: John Date: 26-Feb-2020 Location: 2000+nm from La Palma Total to Date: 2042nm (856nm to go!) 24 Hour Run: 123nm It’s hot. It’s tropical. At last things have changed. The first two weeks were pretty chilly with strong winds and big waves. No time to do much but eat, sleep, keep watch and put rightContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 16 – Fish On!!”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 15

Blogger: John Date: 25-Feb-2020 Location: Less than 1,000 miles to go Total to Date: 1913nm (977nm to go!) 24 Hour Run: 111nm If you’ve never sailed in the Trade Winds but read the books then that is what it is like today. A gentle ENE breeze, blue skies, blue ocean, occasional white fluffy clouds. ConduciveContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 15”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 14

Blogger: Mariel Date: 23-Feb-2020 Location: Two thirds of the way across the Atlantic Total to Date: 1806nm (1072nm to go!) 24 Hour Run: 137nm (actually another 25hr run, 127nm made good) Currently sitting in the cockpit, with blue seas and blue skies in (almost) all directions. We are making nearly 6 knots in (almost) theContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 14”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 13

Blogger: John Date: 23-Feb-2020 Location: 1204 miles from Waypoint 20, St. Anne’s, Martinique Total to Date: 1666nm 24 Hour Run: 135nm (very consistent daily runs) Happy birthday daughter Emma. An odd 24 hours really. A bit of everything but most of all he first day with time for relaxing. Gilly and Mariel have re-catalogued theContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 13”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 12

Blogger: Mariel Date: 22-Feb-2020 Location: MIDDLE of the Atlantic, past halfway. Total to Date: 1541nm 24 Hour Run: 136nm (another good run under reefed mainsail only) HALFWAY! What even is half way? Half of the total estimated distance? The mid-point of the Atlantic Ocean? Half of the time we think it might take to cross?Continue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 12”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 11

Blogger: John Date: 21-Feb-2020 Location: Middle of the Atlantic, just a few miles from halfway. Total to Date: 1401nm 24 Hour Run: 134nm (another good run under headsail only) Today’s post is for daughter Emma who said how much she enjoys the minutiae of our daily lives. It talks about this morning’s watch handover fromContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 11”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 10

Blogger: John Date: 20-Feb-2020 Location: Middle of the Atlantic, 140 miles to halfway. Total to Date: 1258nm 24 Hour Run: 150nm (yet another new 24 hour record – with three reefs in the mainsail!!) Just four items of note today, two of them pretty significant. #1: Mariel does dinner. As days have passed Mariel’s reactionContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 10”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 9

Blogger: John Date: 19-Feb-2020 Location: Past 1/3 of the way to the Caribbean, getting on for halfway. Total to Date: 1113nm 24 Hour Run: 149nm (another new 24 hour record – so close to the magical 150) Well, it’s been an interesting day today. For the first time talk in the cockpit has moved toContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 9”

Atlantic Crossing – Day 8

Blogger: Mariel Date: 18-Feb-2020 Location: 250 miles north west of the Cape Verde islands Total to Date: 961nm 24 Hour Run: 145nm (new 24 hour record) 04.05, night watch It strikes me that sailing across an ocean is a very different type of long distance journey to my usual walking or cycling. When I walkContinue reading “Atlantic Crossing – Day 8”