Overall, the passage was successful in that we got here without damage and, mostly, in fairly comfortable conditions. However we motored for much longer than we wanted and found the final few days a tad stressful Thankfully the final day's great sailing put a smile on our faces.
The stats were:
Total Miles: 1231nm
Total time: 9 days, 7 hours, or 233 hours
Average speed: 5.3 knots (disappointing, we usually average closer to 6)
Total hours of the engine running: 117 hrs = 52% of the time!!!! Aargh!
Total fuel burned 365 litres.
Average consumption 3.1 litres per hour
If we'd elected to wait for another wind, however, it would have been another 8 days and we're not sure the window would have been any better. So, we're glad to be here.
A few photos, below:
|Motoring on a glassy sea - an all-too regular occurrence|
|Great to have the Parasailor flying, but still gentle conditions|
|Just a great piece of kit - we love this sail|
|The tanker Victoire turns to help us|
|Syphoning diesel from the Victoire's container into the main tank under our berth|
|This gauge got a lot of scrutiny !! When we arrived the needle was at the very bottom of the red sector|
|Our passenger clings on|