No paper charts
of the area as this was a change of destination
I think any sailor worthy of his sundowner would love to read today´s
log entry from their boat the s.y. Safari:
2nd Dec 2007
We sailed close hauled for most of the night, but at 4am the intermittent squalls which were giving apparent wind
speeds of nearly 30 knots, started to come straight at us from due South, so we dropped all sail and motored, heaving up and down through the waves. We were only able to manage an average speed of 7 knots, but figured that if we pushed hard we would make Noronha just before dusk today. Any later of course, and we would have to spend the night holding back from the island, waiting for daylight as anchoring
in a bay in the dark in windy, tidal Atlantic waters is not the smartest of tricks.
The sunshine and another warm day came up, all of us tired from precious little sleep, due to the humidity and the movement of the boat. We were determined that that was to be the last night on board at sea, so we motored as fast as we dared through the swell, with diesel
levels low! At last at 2.20pm we caught sight of Mount Pico, the highest point of Noronha, some 24 miles away.
Finally at 5.30 pm today we motored into the bay, just outside a small curved walled jetty, in which were anchored 5 or 6 other sailing boats and a fair number of fishing
boats, and dolphin watching boats. We have just anchored, turned the engines off, and have opened our last bottle of champagne, the Moet. It is fabulous to be sitting on the open deck
, not moving, no wind
, with things around to look at. It is 6 pm, exactly twelve days after leaving Santa Cruz
Tenerife. We have done 2,664 nautical miles in 288 hours, an average speed of 9.3 knots.
All too excited to sit and write much more because we are going ashore to claim this place for England
, to stand still, and to have a proper meal in a restaurant! However, tonights toast as the sun goes down here, silhouetting Mount Pico, is to Lucky Mike, without whom the whole trip would not have possible.
Calm in a crisis, methodical to a tee, very knowledgeable about everything aqua, and able to drink more than Tim, Robin and I combined, we salute you, our skipper
, Lucky Mike.
Finally managed to get the nav card from one of the oldest family
boat shops in Miami
, bless their cotton socks !!!