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Day’s Run – 8 April 2019

A fresh trade wind sailing day. Studding sails set again. On this blue water breezy day, we are making good westing towards the hump of Brazil, and we find ourselves surrounded by spinner dolphin. Work stops (don’t see much of this back on the farm), and the gang lines the rails to watch the antics of these aquatic acrobats. They seem to jump and frolic just for fun. Why not? This can last for hours.

Working on our Palmerston cutter, grinding the quarterdeck to get the years of old linseed oil off so we can start to oil the wood again instead of varnishing old oil. Sailmakers sewing away. Anne-Laure putting in a new plank on the quarterdeck too. Who knows what the engineers are doing in the engine room?

From: St Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean

Towards: Grenada, Windward Isles, Eastern Caribbean of the West Indies

Date: April 8, 2019

Noon position: 07-12S / 020-50W

Course and speed: WxN or 280° true at 6 knots

Wind force and direction: ESE at force 4-5

Seas/swell: moderate seas of 2-3 metres from the SE

Barometer: 1016 steady

Sky: Half-covered with cloud, cumulus, sunny, blue skies

Water temperature: 28.6C – 84F

Distance made good in 24 hours: 134 nautical miles

Passage log: 1,099 nautical miles

Voyage log: 23,057 nautical miles

Distance to next port: 2,696 nautical miles as the barracuda swims

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