Sailing Around The World

Day 22 Passage to Carribbean “Boredom”

HI! it has been 22 days of non-stop sailing action. Most of the sailing action is rocking from side to side causing a little bit of stress or humor if you laugh at what happens. By funny I mean watching Cary or myself chase stuff around the cabin or cockpit as we get tossed around, it can be a real challenge especially when its a kitchen knife. Its funny out here in the middle of the ocean watching dolphins swim by, falling stars, crazy schools of flying fish running into the side of boat, and squalls because I am so bored. I joke with Cary and ask him to change the dam channel as I look out over the ocean. All you can see to the end of the horizon is many shades of blues with white clouds. In the last week we have seen two ships. Luckily the weather has been outstanding and we just sail along at 6.3kts. Based on my outlook schedule for landfall we are still on track for a mid-day landfall on January 9, 2015 but who knows what will happen in the next 19 days. I guess the hardest problem we have to deal with is our limited supply of LPG “propane” so making snacks is out of the question. Not to add to the problem but all our popcorn went bad so we had to toss even that into the ocean. Also all the snacks we did bring are now all gone except for a few, mostly jerky that I bought and you can only eat so much of that. Some snacks we could eat but in the event that we run out of propane we will have those items to eat because you don’t have to cook them. So for snacks we make a extra cup of rice when we make dinner or couscous. I just add some kind of sauce and bam you have a really bad snack but its better then chewing on you thumb. But all in all it is amazing to look at the chart and see how far we have come. We have sailed 3,329 nautical miles as of this afternoon and only 2614 nautical miles to go. I haven’t had to run the engine except to dodge a ship at night that was asleep at the helm so we are getting great gas mileage. Right now I am at 1/2 gallon per 3,329 nautical miles not bad, i should sell green credits to big companies. Our fresh water is holding up and we are looking good there too. Anyway I am looking forward to watching for some reindeer flying by here in a day or so. That should be a great sight to see, I will let you know that minute I do. Well I guess I will go back to doing pushups, pull ups, sit ups, and I may read another novel too.

Current Position: 02:33UTC, 2deg 16.1min S, 27deg 44.9min W, SOG 5.9kts, COG333deg, WS 10kts, Swell <1 meter, 1013MB, DS2600 NM, Sunny & Hot!

Marry Christmas Everybody,


5 responses

  1. Allyson Wilson

    Merry xmas you two, you wont forget this one.we all thinking about you and wish you all the very best for the festive season , xxx

    December 23, 2014 at 4:05 am

  2. Merry Christmas to you and Cary! Stay safe. Auntie Paula

    December 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm

  3. Merry Christmas to you and Cary! Hope you get a Tuna for Christmas dinner:) Stay safe. Auntie Paula

    December 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

  4. John Frendreis

    Have a Merry Christmas

    December 23, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  5. Mike

    Hi Jacques
    Been following your passage blog and all the while wondering when we’ll get away from Cape Town.
    Seems you’ve had your share of traumas – just like that leg down from East London to Mossel Bay – but you’re coping well as all blue water cruisers must and can.
    Here in sunny SA can now report that my Hydrovane’s on and looking good (many thanks for all your advice/tips) but all sorts of other technicalities/ issues/screw-ups – you-name-it to deal with – you know the deal, but we’re looking good for year end/ very early January.
    Stay cool out there and see you in the BVI’s.

    Best to you and Cary for an Equatorial Christmas.

    Go well my friend, and stay safe.


    December 23, 2014 at 7:03 pm