The storms of last night show little signs of abating, we’ve been hitting force 7-8 through the night and in to the early hours. To lift the spirits and warm the crew, I made a nourishing brunch of flatbreads with baked eggs (shakshuka) which was a challenge to say the least, cooking hot food on the hob whilst healing over in strong winds and rough seas. Things calm down a little around lunch time to a force 5. Paul is on lunch today, busily preparing chicken burgers with coleslaw and rice, whilst Dave has been making brioche buns ready for the burgers. It amazes me that we are producing such incredible food under these conditions, and we are always so appreciative.
Day skipper school started this afternoon, we are learning chart plotting and tidal theory.
At approximately 18.00H, we broke the 1000nm to go mark, we start thinking about our arrival in St Lucia, when this might be. Under current conditions we anticipate Wednesday morning, one week away. After the bad weather of late, this has really cheered us all up.
It’s dark by 7pm and some of the crew retreat to the salon to watch The Dallas Buyers Club. Rain comes again, lots of localised squalls, bumpy seas, we are in for another rough night it seems.
Midnight position: 20° 18.43N 045° 31.37W
Position in fleet; 22
Fish caught: 0