Day 19, Falkland Islands to St Helena

1030Z 03APR22, Day 19, Falkland Islands to St Helena. Yesterday the weather was a mix of sun and high clouds. It is definitely warmer and we've been sailing hard.

Current Position: 32 40S / 017 53W
24 hour progress: 151nm, 6.3kts avg SOG. Overall progress for the passage is 2,443nm, approximately 1,195nm left to go via a great circle route to St Helena.

We had a great mileage day and just about all the miles sailed were progress along the rhumb line. Zephyros is in her best element plowing along on a reach with 20-30kts of wind and moderate seas. The winds built up over the course of the day giving us our top speeds over the last half of the day. However, the seas have not really followed suit and remain moderate (at least so far). This allows us to continue to hold on as the freight train plows ahead.

The batteries have remained at higher charge for the past day and a half so we haven't had to worry about them or think about supplementing with the engine. Nike is still in charge of steering and doing an excellent job. At these speeds Watt&Sea is producing, we have good wind through the wind generator and we got some sun for a good part of the day yesterday. We expect things will remain in good shape for at least the next day or two.

We have seen more ships. A very large cargo ship (probably carrying ore) passed about 2nm in front of us yesterday morning and a couple more ships could be seen on the AIS, though they remained too far away to be seen by our eyes. It seems we crossed over some shipping lanes that lead around Cape Hope, probably to/from Northern Argentina, Uruguay and maybe Brazil. Curiously, all the traffic has been east bound.

Bird numbers are still low. We saw just a couple of giant petrels and a prion or two yesterday.

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