Tuesday, February 16th, 2016
What to say? Another perfect trade-wind passage making day bound from Africa for the West Indies. Yards squared, all sail set to the royals. Too fresh for studding sails, flying fish scattering either side of the ship, blue seas with white caps. Changing out sailmaking, rigging, carpentry daymen tomorrow so more folks get a chance.
SHIP’S WORK: The mast for project boat KARL is now glued up and is being given some taper towards the ends before being rounded out from square. Planking also continues. Paint tropical blue in the breezeway and stone atop the galley house. Finish painting and reinstall MONOMOY floor boards. Port main yard footrope maintenance and ratlines are keeping the riggers busy, while the sailmakers installed cringles on main the new t’gallant staysail with wire seizings, and stitched grommets onto the new t’gallant studdingsail.
FROM: Mindelo, Sāo Vicente, Cape Verde
TOWARDS: The West Indies
TIME ZONE: ZD+3
NOON POSITION: 16°45.3’N /043°48.3’W
DAYS RUN: 126nm
PASSAGE LOG: 1,184nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 995.5nm
COURSE AND SPEED: West by North (CMGT 272°T)
WIND: Force 5, East
WEATHER: 6/8 cloud cover (cumulus, altocumulus), air temp 78F (25.6°C), barometer reading 1021 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: approx 3-5 feet, East by North
SAILS SET: All square sails to the royals, except the mainsail; fore topmast staysail. Braced square and running downwind in the tropical trade-winds as our barque was built to do.