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11/17 - 14h18

Mind is Willing but the Spirits are Gone on Grey Power

It is official.  This is now a temperence ship!   The heat created a high
evaporation rate for spirits, so now there is no reason to dilly dally out here and all the more reason to hasten to Guadeloupe.
Dropped one place, by 3 miles.  Surprised it was not more after yesterday.

Vento de Sargena has dropped more than 100 miles south so might be sailing a more direct course.  I am currently about 10 degrees above the course I require, but can gybe nearer the time.
And the weather has become more coopeative   It was largely a settled night with the wind slowly backing which suits as we can make within 10 degrees of the direct course for Guadeloupe.   The Grib files don't show anything untoward coming up, but they did not show yesterday either.   So a good night for catching up on sleep with safety lookout check every hour, despite the electronic alarms.
In fact there is a square rigger 4 miles away right now, slowly  crossing from starboard to port, making about 12 knots  White hull, 3 masts, not sure whether a ship or a Barque.  It came up nicely on AIS and its lights were clearly visible.   Anyway, she is not answering calls on Ch 16 VHF.

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