Thursday, March 24th, 2016
Saw whales blow off the starboard bows this afternoon – we didn’t get close enough to identify them, but it seemed like there were more than one. We sailed between the islands of St Kitts and St Eustatius mid-afternoon, they looked very pretty all green in the sunshine. Donald is happy we’re close enough to see the islands properly after a couple of days sailing further off when they were just faint blue smudges on the horizon.
SHIP’S WORK: Ratlines in mizzen topmast and fore lower shroud, paint wooden boat project KARL: two coats of topcoat on the hull; spot tar and oil at deck level, sailmaking.
FROM: St Georges, Grenada
TOWARDS: Sandy Ground Bay, Anguilla
TIME ZONE: ZD+4
NOON POSITION: 17°14.7’N /062°48.7’W
DAYS RUN: 109nm
PASSAGE LOG: 324nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 75nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North West by North, 1/2 North(CMGT 326°T)
WIND: Force 4, East by North
WEATHER: 3/8 cloud cover (cumulus), air temp 80F (27°C), barometer reading 1021 millibars, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: approx 3 feet, East North East
SAILS SET: Square sails to the royals, fore topmast staysail, mizzen topmast staysail, main t’gallant staysail and inner jib, braced up on a starboard tack.