We had a great day on board Ambition today. The winds were light and we needed to motor for the first time this trip but we are back under sail this evening in winds of 10 knots max. The motoring gave us hot water for showers - always a nice treat! Since it was calm we enjoyed our first cold beer since last Thursday mmmmm. We also landed our first mahi mahi of the season - still less than a perfect filet job but most of it made it into the Fridge. The little pieces made it into a great cerviche - thanks to Rox's recipe!
It doesn't get much better than this, especially after being bounced around in 20 foot seas and winds 25 to 30 gusting to almost 40 for two or three days. We are not winning the race but we are still in the pack and having a good time. 695 more miles to reach Tortola and we have more than a few days of very little wind like under 10 knots or less, ahead. We have enough fuel to motor at least 500+ miles.
Landed our first mahi mahi two days ago ......
|Perfect size to fit in the freezer!|
|Captain Filet at work!|
and the fishin' hook is back in the water today!
|Fishin' hook back in the water!!!|
|Spi up - looking good!|
In true sailing style of getting all sorts of different winds and using ALL our different sail combinations, - today we have 10 knots and the spi is up and pulling us along at 4.5 to 5 knots - I would like to take 7 knots of what we didn't use on the windy days and put it on today! Somehow that just doesn't work! We need to develop an app for the weather gods!
|Morning and evening SSB Nets for the Rally|
We are having a great time learning our boat and settling in to dealing with what gets served as wind. Ambition takes care of us. Maryse is doing great too!
We are in 10th place out of 13 in our class without taking engine hours into consideration and there is a small group of us all together in a lump. We have little hope at catching the Oyster 625 or Dufour 56 but that is fine with us!
I have discovered the joys of Dyneema. Amongst other little tasks I taught myself how to eye splice Dyneema line. I replaced my first NOISY metal shackle on the topping lift with a QUIET soft loop! I love this stuff and it is so easy to work with, it is amazing.
Chris Parker says the wind will return in a couple of hours and carry us the rest of the way to BVI with an ETA Monday morning - 318 miles to go....
|Across the line - 4:13PM|
|A little celebration for a great crew!!!|
The sign of a great crossing --- none of the safety or medical supplies were used. We broke nothing on the boat and we have the same crew on board as when we left Portsmouth VA!!!!!
The fantastic team from the Arc 1500 Rally were on hand to welcome us wit rum punch and arrival gifts - thanks Isabelle, Mia, Lyle and Jake - you guys are an amazing team!!
|YESSS we did it!!!|