Saturday, February 7th, 2015
REMARKS: We retarded ship’s clocks last night so now we’re in the same time zone as Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid and Paris. Chief Mate Sam held a workshop on splicing this afternoon for our newer crew and anyone who wanted a refresher. After, the Captain updated us all on the passage to St Helena and the weather forecasts – there’s a high pressure sitting to our north west giving light airs, and possibly even headwinds for a short time, but then the usual south easterly trade winds are expected to kick in again after a day or two.
SHIPS WORK: John is working on finishing a new lower topsail – today he stitched leather patches on the bolt rope as protection against chafe. We continue to replace two sails a day with light-air sails: today we replaced the inner jib and fore lower topsail.
BOUND FROM: Luderitz, Namibia, South Atlantic Ocean
TOWARDS: James Bay, St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
TIME ZONE: GMT +1
NOON POSITION: 24°48.3S /011°15.2’E
DAYS RUN: 109 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 239 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 1,081 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North West by West, Course made good 289° true, 2.1 knots
WIND: Wind Force 2, South
WEATHER: Fair, 1/8 cloud, barometer 1019 millibars and falling slowly, visibility very good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South 1m
SAILS SET: All sails set except the spanker
John making sails, Russell on the helm