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.