Or for those of you with less sense of direction, about a day west of the Açores. Once there, a quick refuel and shopping trip and we can leave on the last leg to Palma – a further 7 days away.
Its been a long old slog. Starting from just above Venezuela, a slower boat than promised, lacking in fuel range and we have had to take our time. Two weeks from Grenada to the Açores, which , if you look at the picture below, could still easily be classed as mid atlantic. A cockroach infestation to keep you on your toes, a Captain that doesn’t want to fill the fresh water tanks as it will slow us down – no concern that one of our water makers has failed, a broken heat exchanger that I repaired with epoxy 5 days ago, running the generator for just 5 hours a day so no air conditioning, random hot water for showers, bilge pumps that don’t work …….the list goes on – and this boat is commercially registered, so you could charter it if you can stomach the smell of diesel fuel from one of the leaking tanks !!!
All that said, I will be very happy to see land in about 24 hours time.
We did encounter a pod of migrating hump back whales a couple of days ago. Close enough to hear the thundering as they slammed back into the water – that was a first for me. Only had the trusty Samsung to hand and didn’t get a chance to zoom in. Thankfully they were quite close.
Plodding on, I noticed this add in a paper the other week. I kind of admired its bluntness. I might just bear them in mind for when my time comes. Not much straight talking in the world any more, was a tad refreshing, like the yellow snow in my last post.
Hoping to get into Palma on the 11th and shall instantly whisk the missus in for a couple of days R & R before hitting the study books hard again on the 21st . Looking forward to catching up with some old chums that I haven’t seen in a while too.
That’ll do for now – 3 exams down, 3 more to convert ! I am amazed that since my switch from Sainsbury to Asda, Sainsbury have noticed my lack of custom to the point that they now want to merge with Asda – they must miss me, who can blame them?