WEDNESDAY 15TH of June 2022, 12.00 Ships time = Gmt.
In the HORSE LATITUDES
20 days Out from Ascension
28°-34'N : 042°-05'W
Course= -010° -Full & By,SB-tack, Speed; around the6 KTS
Wind =Easterly 3. Seawater 25,1° Celsius. Barometer on 1024.9 hpa.
It took long before we got an indication that the wind was going to veer. Yesterday afternoon she became first NE-ly again and we were drifting more to the West and I know that it takes always longer if you wait for something but only yesterday evening late the wind showed the signs that we were waiting for we could sail due North again. The first indication that the centre of the High is passing our bow from left to right. The barometer is steady and even dropped a fraction the last hours.
One thing surprised me, we kept the wind all the time, okay our speed came down to 5 knots but this morning we made 6+ knots again.
We have every kite flying that will tribute to our speedon this course but I expected a call for engines last night but the silence prevailed.
We have little swell and we move silently through the blue-blue ocean, sometimes you would like to fly a couple of hundred meters away from the ship to see our EUROPA in all her glory.
Although we left the tropics we saw a Tropic bird this morning (keerkringvogel in Dutch)
He or she is flying a little bit out of herofficial territory because we left the tropic of Cancer behind us 2 days ago, but it’s always good to have some life around the ship so that we know we are not the only ones on this deep blue sea. The tropic bird is easy to recognize because it has a long single feathered tail. It gives you the idea that it escaped from the rainforest in Brazil but she is really an proper seabird.
Done 24hrs =143M in 343° = 6,0kts Average,
Done 481 hrs= 2.869,5M = 6,0kts Average,
Horta: 900M in Bearing 048°
Photo by: Arnoud Apituley