(December 28, 2017) It seems long but we just passed the halfway mark! Our average speed for the first 1,000 miles is 6.4 knots, making an average of 150 miles a day. We have had two critical boat issues: Autopilot and Jib Pole. Having a spare for the Autopilot Compass Module, we fixed the autopilot problem. When the jib pole got bent in half, we replaced it with a spinnaker pole. We are hoping no major boat issues for the rest half of this trip.
Prior to departing Cape Verde, we waited for an extra three days for good weather but it has not been in our favor: wind and waves have not been in sync. Because of it, downwind sailing didn’t really work for us. We finally stored the spinnaker pole on the rail and decided to sail without a pole. We will jibe the sails as needed.
This trip has been tiring. We have not slept much but we have eaten lots of Wahoo fish: Wahoo Sashimi, Ceviche, Stew, and Wahoo Burrito. My next recipe might be Wahoo Fish Chowder. Having limited freezer capability, we tried to eat the Wahoo catch as early as we can. We still have some fresh fruits and vegetables on the boat. Unfortunately, I had to throw five tangerines and two apples. We are on ration control for fresh fruits.
Kay Chung @0800 UTC on Friday, December 29, 2017
GPS Position @N08.58/W39.48