01 July 2022

Day 28 — A long day

I don't know that today was a particularly hard day — it certainly wasn't — or if fatigue is gradually accumulating, or if the near end of our voyage has sent a signal to our brains, saying it's okay to let up on the adrenaline, we're almost there. Whatever the reason, today Helena and I were both feeling tired today.

Also, coastimg along these beautiful islands, suddenly 4 knot seems VERY slow. It's one thing to do 4-5 knots in open ocean, where there's nothing to measure your progress against. It's another to watch an island slowly crawl by…

So, we kept busy to keep us distracted most of the day.

First, we set a small mizzen staysail that I bought used just before leaving. It fills the gap between the mainsail leach and the mizzen mast and looks very jaunty when set. It's light weight, so pulls nicely in these low wind 6-7 knot conditions.

I also tried to fix a leaky foot powered water pump, but no luck. It needs to be rebuilt. Water has been a problem this whole trip, one way or another.

And when I was really fed up with that, I decided to bake a cake. Most of our eggs are in sad shape, but good enough for baking. It cheered me up.

One more night, headed towards the island of Terceira, and we should be thinking about anchoring tomorrow (Friday, 1 July) morning!


  1. Congrats on your safe arrival with all of those adventures. An added bonus- arriving with no jet lag. See you in Montpellier

  2. Congratulations on your crossing. Checking on your progress daily I am missing my sailing days.

  3. Didn’t mean to be anonymous.

  4. After reading your exciting blog, we feel we should be waiting and cheering for you, at your arrival ashore to toast your amazing accomplishment with a big bottle of Champagne.
    In spirits we are, Congratulations on your crossing !!
    The Green family

    1. Thank you! You should have flown over, it’s really beautiful here. Hawaii in the Atlantic, with European architecture. Amazing.

  5. It'Araceli, telling you how happy and proud I am of you for daring.
    You showed us that fear is a prison.

    1. Thank you, and you are right. One thing we’ve learned over the years is that people can do so much more than they think they can. You just need to untie those lines and cast off!


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