Beautiful conditions today. Idyllic. Lots of wind overnight, we made 216 nautical miles noon to noon. Hope to arrive Horta around 6 pm tomorrow. Milder all day and we spent much time laughing in the cockpit. My TED talk today was on energy, today and future. It is now in the hands of the next generation to shame the politicians into some real action.
Jackie’s interactive TED talk on bread making was a hit. We got much-kneaded learning. DInner was delicious home cooked tarka dal, along with home made bread.
We are all happy to be in more restive seas. The gymnastics of showering and other activities with constant movement can be exhausting. I swear I became momentarily airborne during a shower. I have a pee stance that would thwart Strahan.
Moondance and the crew compliment one another in quiet competency. We hear the loads from below as we ease a loaded jib sheet and marvel at her construction. She is built for the high seas but has the creature comforts. We averaged over 9 knots over ground the past 24 hours, often at 10 or better. What we ask of her would be akin to asking your camper to climb Pike’s Peak while simultaneously lifting a Volkswagon onto its back while making it smooth enough inside to have a shower and bake a loaf of bread. Best of all, despite her heavy construction, we were able two days ago to coax 7 knots of boat speed out of her, for a short while, in 7 knots of breeze. Take that Winnebago.
Mary and Annie are in Horta! We cannot wait to see them. Mary is scoping things out and has already provided invaluable information, like we can get off the boat even if we arrive after the customs office closes. I read in the guide book one startling requirement, which luckily appears to be only lightly enforced. Apparently the Captain of a vessel has to produce for the authorities a “Certificate of Competence.” Excuse me, but if we just sailed 2000 miles across the open ocean in 11 days, shouldn’t we be awarded a Certificate of Competence?
Love to all, MJ