We have all started to settle down and get into the routine of being at sea, although I think it’s fair to say that the sea will decide what routine you’re allowed to have. We have had some big waves overnight and this morning which means that we didn’t sleep as well as we initially thought.
The way that Holger is running the watch keeping is easier on the body with 3 hours duty watch, this effectively gives us 6 hours rest, administrative time, sunbathing, whilst constantly looking for the elusive dolphins.
We breakfast as a crew at 8am and try to take one hot meal a day interspersed with fruits, potatoes and oats. We decided that this allowed us time to catch up and talk about our days ahead.
We hit our first issue of being unable to use the available solar energy to keep the batteries charged and the same problem for the wind generator. We are now running the third option and using the water powered generator which has recharged them to one hundred percent.
Our routing to Cape Verde initially was to head south east towards the African continent and then route direct to the islands picking up the best of the wind. As I write this blog we have 19.6 AWS and a constant 7.5knts surfing to 12knts. Holger has a German forecast report and we are also able to compare that with Uk routing information to help us get the best from the trades. All of the starting Arc boats have disappeared from view, with a few of our new friends remaining a small green triangle on AIS
One of our highlights yesterday was to mark our position on a new chart. This seemingly small act of pin pointing a mark on a piece of paper has so much more meaning to this boat and this crew on the first few days of our adventures.