Ngahue IV - Ngahue IV - Them Dutchies
We've made ourselves new friends with a Dutch yacht called Agapé - they also happen to be a member of the same sailing club - De Toerzeilers - that we joined last year, prior to leaving for a a long cruise. We've been in each other's company (and that of Fanky, but who have since moved on) for a couple of days now.
Given the expected weather for the next couple of days, we feel that our best option is to stay at approximately 36 degrees North, and pass under the wind that on Tuesday/Wednesday looks like turning against our progression to Horta. We may need to motor a little bit through what looks like a no-mans-land in between two rivaling air-masses. And then zip up into Horta on Thursday.
Last night there were a couple of lightning flashes south of us; but nothing came of them, and the GPS, Iridium and h/h/ VHF didn't need to be confined to the oven again :-)).
Only some 350 miles to go and we'll see the rest of ARC Fleet again, who can then tell us what the favorite Azorean drink is...