At 9am we reset our phones to Rio time and our watches to 6am, we had a second breakfast, we are also changing watch teams today, good to mix things up and work with different people, we are becoming more cohesive as a crew. We’ve been pretty much following the Rhum Line the whole journey (the straight line between the Canaries and the Caribbean) and today changed to a port tack for the first time to pick up more of the trade winds, pleasing those of us (myself included) sleeping on the starboard side. Now we roll into the side of the hull at night, instead of out of bed to be caught by, if we are lucky, our lee-cloths. About time the other half had their turn going bump in the night.
As we were preparing the lunch of Caribbean chicken, rice and salad, chilling the beers and baking brownies, a tuna took a fancy to on one of our lines and within an hour we were devouring the freshest tuna tataki possible! After lunch we spotted a yacht on the horizon – S/Y Albatross – another ARC2020 boat, we chatted on the radio, challenged each other to a race and had them in sight until night fall, they have the added benefit of a spinnaker sail. We’ve mostly been cruising along at a comfortable 7-8knts.
A full moon this evening – really beautiful seeing it rise out of the sea on a clear night in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, with no light pollution! Later that night, when the day finally came to a close, Adam bought out his boat-gift, a very welcome bottle of Glenlivet whiskey, which we enjoyed with Haribo and 70% dark chocolate.
Midnight position: 22° 28.7N 039° 44.7W
Position in fleet; 22