The last days of a multi-day sailing trip are like chewing gum. On a sailing trip of several weeks, this is much worse, the chewing gum pulls longer strings. The North Sea crossing and Biscay were each about 400 miles away, just two days to get used to the routine and two days waiting for the arrival. The distance from Lagos to Lanzarote was almost 600 miles, the distance from Tenerife to Mindelo about 900 miles. In all these cases, the last two days were the worst days, because you are almost there, but you have to stick to the routine on board. I will call the days of chewing gum these days.
We don't have 200 miles to Barbados. A ridiculous distance, the last 10 percent of the route. I sit in the cockpit and enjoy my penultimate watch. It has cooled down to 27 ° C, it feels very pleasant. The starry sky is once again sensational, the moon will only rise in four to five hours. The waves are very pleasant right now, Sissi glides almost silently through the water. Again and again I can see illuminated plankton in our bow wave, because I have switched off the complete lighting - also most of the instruments, because I don't want any artificial light around me. As a Frankfurt boy, I am not particularly familiar with the constellations, because in Frankfurt you can only see the big car. Incorrectly parked on the bike path during the day and in the sky at night in good conditions. With the help of the compass I find the Polarstern - I think. Can you still see that at 14 ° north latitude? No idea. I'm going download an app for my cell phone. It is a gift to be able to experience everything.
Yes, it is a gift. However, we have worked hard. Small bruises, bruises, strains, oven burns, abrasions and cuts are just a side issue of sailing. Another is constant fatigue, although we can all sleep enough. However, sleep is not as good as on a ship that is calmly at anchor or in the harbor. On our delicate hands, which have been hardened by computer keyboards and mice, there is now cornea, some of which has come off. We have our home remedies for constant hunger. Today Jakob baked one last onion bread, now we have run out of onions. We need a supermarket and a harbor bar.
And what does the wind do? It is getting less. As if we hadn't had enough of the little wind. There it is again, our Sissi arrival problem. Sissi drives fine until the cruise gradually draws to a close. Then it becomes slower, slower and a little bit slower.
Since we were less than 500 miles from the destination, we would like to fly the last few miles to the destination. We want to put our feet ashore, take a shower of several hours in a shower cubicle that doesn't move. We want to eat a meal with more cutlery than just a spoon without constantly holding the plate with the other hand and having to tip in sync with the ship's movements. I personally don't feel like stew anymore, but what else is not practical in the Atlantic threshold. Of course I can make a meal in several pots - cooking is easy. The serving is more complicated, usually the individual components of the food do not want to remain on the plate while you scoop from the next pot. Afterwards, eating is a huge problem. We want to sleep in our bed for one night without being flung around.
In any case, we are all looking forward to the investors beer, for which we will have sailed over 2000 miles. Sailed! I called in the weak wind yesterday that we would start the engine and be in Barbados a day earlier. But nobody wants to start the engine. We prefer to rock to our destination at the current speed of 3 knots. A matter of honor. With 5 liters of diesel across the Atlantic. Then the chewing gum days last a little longer.
Fortunately, the wind picked up a little in the morning. Jens was able to point his camera at a dolphin school for half an hour. The Watermaker is humming fresh water into the tank again. Electricity production is slowly starting up again, and around midnight we will be able to switch the refrigerator on again. Tomorrow's feeder beer must be cold.
18th time: 99 nm
Position at 12 p.m .: N13 ° 24 W57 ° 12
148 nautical miles to Barbados, we have 2038 miles behind us.