Day #27: Fourteen Days from the Cape Verdes

13° 32.4 N 57° 04.5 W at Noon Local

Bodrum, Turkey to Bridgetown, Barbados

Noon to noon distance 147 NM

Noon distance to Barbados 153 NM

Two weeks ago this morning we left Mindolo, Cape Verde. Looking around the boat today, all we see is the swells of the Atlantic Ocean, white caps, and puffy white cumulus clouds. The same view, more or less, that we’ve had since we reached the trade winds.

In the last twenty-four hours we se tied our best ever noon-to-noon distance of 147 nautical miles. Without our GPS and charts, we could be almost anywhere between Cape Verde and Barbados. The reality is that if the wind continues, we have fabulous sailing conditions, and we should be in Bridgetown, Barbados before dark tomorrow, Saturday, December 20, 2013.

Dick, Andy, Rick, and David have each settled into the rhythm of the boat and watches. Tasks have become automatic. Another midnight squall coming through? Ease the genoa sheet, pull in the furling line, use the flashlight to make sure the furling line is clear, and adjust the sheet to take the belly out of the genoa. We don’t have to think about it, we just do it.

We’ve been in our own little world. There’s no MTV, unless it is listening to Mark Knoppler and Dire Straights singing on the stereo. We are in tune with the rhythm of the day, the ocean, the boat, and each other. We all expect it will be a big change to back in civilization. While we are all ready for ice cream and a bunk that isn’t tossing you from side to side, there is an inherent beauty to ocean passage making that we have each got to experience. Along with the trust, friendship, and shared experience that the four of us have had in the twenty-seven days since we left the Canary Islands.

David

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4 thoughts on “Day #27: Fourteen Days from the Cape Verdes

  1. We wish we could be there to meet you all but alas we will drink to your safe arrival from the north. Colleen John and crew

    Sent from my iPad

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  2. Brilliant. Excited to see you soooo close to Barbados on the SPOT, and thrilled that you’ve had this experience. Living vicariously! xoxoxo

  3. Well done. Congratulations on the success of your trip and deserved shared experience.

    Enjoyed your daily log and following you on SPOT.

    Be well and enjoy the ice cream in Barbados.

    alan and cndace

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