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North Atlantic sailing – Stargazing and Skylarking in the north east tradewinds

North Atlantic sailing – Stargazing and Skylarking in the north east tradewinds
We are still stuck in the Nort East tradewinds, although we are at
a latitude that the wind could already be east or even south east.. it is not.
Today we had a really light breeze, progress was slow, but sitting out in the
sun was nice, while we sailed along at 3 knots. We had contact with the
Oosterschelde who told us that their passage to the Azores was haunted with
North East for a very long time as well.

The nights are really getting
colder now. It must be as cold as 18 degrees.. Or maybe even 17! A well, our
sunstruck brain is still getting used to the idea of leaving the tropics, 5 more
degrees to the North and we will be out of the Tropics passing through the
tropic off Cancer at 23’26N.

Other then the light breeze, life on board
is pretty much the same. No ship has been spotted for days. We had a small
incident with a flying fish attacking the crew by flying into the steering
wheel, but these fishes can only take one hit.. so overboard he went. Fishing
has been slow as we have had a lot of floating seaweed around. The watches are
filled with stargazing and skylarking. Something maritime literature is filled
with, out here you realize why.