Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Azores to Portugal (Cascais - near Lisbon)

Position: 101200Z JUL 12
N 38 57.1
W 011 18.2
935 NM Traveled
5.0 Ave Kts
112 NM Last 24 hours
91 NM to Cascais (105 NM on track last 24)
Distance to Kinsale 772 NM (45 NM more than yesterday!)

1. Very light winds all yesterday. Was surprised that I actually made over 100 NM. This morning winds very light, doing 2.5 to 3 Kts. Prediction was 30 hours to Cascais. Bill (KI4MMZ) told me that there is a wind field closer to shore. Decided to motor for a few hours and see if I could find the stronger wind. Then will go back to sailing so as to not arrive in the middle of the night.

2. I am in the North - South shipping lanes. I have seen (and the AIS has seen more) several cargo ships. The closest has been about 7 miles away. My visual range to the horizon is about 3 NM so I only see the superstructure of the ships.

3. One nice fact of motoring is I have hot water. I took advantage and bathed and had the first shave since leaving Horta. Feels good, there is a point where I find face hair annoying. It just rubs against my lips in a way I don't particularly like.

4. Another beautiful sailing day (so far - remember this is the noon report!) About 20% cloud cover, sun is out, temperature is up about 67 degrees. The kind of day that you want to end at the club or with friends in the cockpit so you can brag about how perfect it was. Well, that is not happening today...

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