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Day’s Run – 24 February, 2016

It looks to be our last full day at sea of this most excellent transatlantic tradewind passage; we’re expecting to make our landfall in Martinique tomorrow.  It’s a little sad to be coming to the end of these long moonlit nights and sun soaked days at sea but a port stop in a sweet French Caribbean Island doesn’t sound so bad either! The watches wore ship every 4 hours or so through the day and night, making long tacks down wind – the ship makes more speed slightly on the wind than on a dead run.

Ty at helm; Gary varnishing

Ty at helm; Gary varnishing

SHIP’S WORK: Varnish galley house trim, varnish quarterdeck rails; install middle spanker horses (a sort of foot-rope); paint buff and green starboard fruit locker; paint water cooler holder tropical blue; continue work on KARL planks, spar and sails.  The spanker was set this evening for the first time in a while so the watches drilled striking and setting it overnight. Celestial navigation class moved onto star sights today.

FROM: Mindelo, Sāo Vicente, Cape Verde

TOWARDS: St Pierre, Martinique

TIME ZONE: ZD+4

NOON POSITION: 15°26.2’N /058°56.8’W

DAYS RUN: 128nm

PASSAGE LOG: 2,074nm

DISTANCE REMAINING: 93nm

COURSE AND SPEED: West North West(CMGT 275°T)

WIND: Force 4, East North East

WEATHER: 1/8 cloud cover (cumulus), air temp 82F (28°C), barometer reading 1021 millibars, visibility good

SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: approx 3-5 feet, East

SAILS SET: All square sails to the royals, fore topmast and t’gallant studdingsails, fore topmast staysail, inner jib, outer jib, braced up a point on the port tack.

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