Pilot whales and entangled birds

Distance sailed: 640 NM
Distance to Grenada: 1560 NM
Fish caught: 0 (WTF!?)

Monday gave us decent winds around 7-9m/s and we averaged 6,5-7kn, still with calm seas. Yesterday the wind died down to 4-6m/s again making Tortuga roll slowly forwards in 4-5kn with the parasailor. At least for the time being we have decided to sail as long as we do more than ~3,5kn.
Quite a few boats in the fleet have opted for heading far south to catch more wind, however, according to the forecast the difference is not more than 1-2m/s so our analysis is that it won’t make sense for us to add that extra distance, especially since we sail well in dead downwind. It’s a lottery really. Hopefully the trade winds will kick in on Thursday or Friday to boost the speed again. We’ve completed 1/4 of the distance and with the same average speed the passage would take us 17 days, we’re hoping for a bit less.

The temperature rises steadily. We don’t have an air thermometer but it’s humid and warm and with little wind to cool us down we stay in the shade of the cockpit. We charge the batteries a short while every evening (I.e. turning the engines on in neutral) which allows us to run the AC for a couple of hours during the night.

The water temperature is 28,5 degrees, we are really longing to take a dip. It probably would’ve been possible yesterday for the adults, but not really for the kids without taking down the sails so we decided to wait. But we definitely will take a swim at some point during the crossing! If we catch fish we will need to slow down the boat so now we’re even more eager to succeed in that! Catch fish and celebrate with a swim!!
On that topic the frustration is growing… we’ve tried all different tactics and lures but still we only manage to get birds tangled in the line…

Everyone is happy onboard! We do a lot of schooling, playing games, listening to audiobooks, trimming sails and fishing rods, cooking. The highlight of yesterday was a pilot whale that came by to say hi! The low was discovering that a lot of our fruit and vegetables are already going bad even though we’ve followed all the advice on how to store them to last long. So, we’re enjoying what we have whilst it’s still fresh and nice but there probably won’t be a lot of fresh stuff left the last week, We’re putting our hope in apples, cabbage and tomatoes.

So the days go by although we’re all a bit confused about time. We are crossing 4 time zones during the passage and have set all clocks to Grenada time. Then we have a daily schedule for watches and meals that move 15min every day to optimise the use of daylight as we travel west. By the time we arrive we will be back to normal times but today we’ll have breakfast at 5 am and dinner at 3.30 pm 🙂

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