On our way!Ulric ESE5
05/20/2010, 200 nautical miles WSW Sint Maarten
Growth on Queen's Ransom's rudder (Hans)
Thursday 20 May 2010
First daylight on the first morning at sea came early; about five o'clock in the morning. I was waiting for a conference call to come in at four, but nothing. One of the first delights of the new day was that the generator was starting. It huhms away in the background now. We are doing a steady 7-9 knots in following seas and winds of 23 knots; a force 6.
Leaving Sint Maarten was a relief. The stress of departing is gone. No more preparations can be made. We have to fix things as good as we can from now on. The wind was above 30 knots during the night, but has subsequently reduced to around the 20 mark. It is hot with 34 degrees in the cabin, some 31 outside and 27 in the water. Phew!
We are settling in to the routine at sea with fresh cold lunches and more elaborate dinners; lots of coffees and water in between. Hans, despite feeling a touch of seasickness, made a great Indonesian dish. Sven offered cigars for the coffee. We were greeted by many stars as darkness fell. Good life is here! Our first 24 hour run was 182 nautical miles or average speed of 7.56 knots, not bad for a bit rusty sailors who hadn't been to sea for a while.