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Sir Robin’s Route du Rhum blog - Monday 17th

Monday, November 17, 2014

It is official. This is now a temperance ship! The heat created a high evaporation rate for spirits, so now there is no reason to dilly dally out here and all the more reason to hasten to Guadeloupe.

Dropped one place, by three miles. Surprised it was not more after yesterday.

Andrea Mura’s Vento de Sargena has dropped more than 100 miles south so might be sailing a more direct course. I am currently about 10 degrees above the course I require, but can gybe nearer the time.

And the weather has become more cooperative. It was a largely settled night with the wind slowly backing which suits as we can make within 10 degrees of the direct course for Guadeloupe. The Grib files don't show anything untoward coming up, but they did not show yesterday either. So a good night for catching up on sleep with safety lookout check every hour, despite the electronic alarms.

In fact there is a square rigger four miles away right now, slowly crossing from starboard to port, making about 12 knots. White hull, three masts, not sure whether it is a ship or a Barque. It came up nicely on AIS (Automatic Identification System) and its lights were clearly visible. Anyway, she is not answering calls on Channel 16 VHF.

RKJ

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