Spring cleaning

Nandor Fa (Spirit of Hungary):

At this very moment - 10.57 UT - we are at the latitude of Praia, we’ve reached Cape Verde Islands. I expected this to happen in the afternoon, I’m really happy we are here earlier. 

Emails from the boats APR 8, 2015 13:34

7th April, 10 30 UT, in the morning:

As if it had been turned off, I haven’t seen any seaweed for a while. I barely dare to believe it, it’s too good to be true. Ever since we got the trade winds, we’ve been sailing on 33 - 36° apparent wind angle, which means 58° TWA (true wind angle). We can’t harden up more, that would slow us. Now we have an average of 9-11 knots speed, this is our speed over the ground (SOG). Our actual speed might be a little less, as we have counter-currents too. At this very moment - 10.57 UT - we are at the latitude of Praia, we’ve reached Cape Verde Islands. I expected this to happen in the afternoon, I’m really happy we are here earlier. 

In the afternoon:

We’ve got the trade wind illness. We really want to go, much faster than we are able to at the moment. We do our routine, and our best. This is typically that situation where making a mistake is the easiest. We are impatient, we want to do something big to progress better! We have to pay attention, this state can be dangerous. Until we are docked, this race is not over yet! 

More and more boats appear on the radar, the traffic is getting busier and busier around us. We can’t forget that we are missing the navigation lights, we only have one on the mast top. Fortunately, the boats we call have answered so far, they are paying attention. 

Another garbage bag is full. All litter that is not degradable in the nature, in the ocean, we collect in a garbage bad and goes to the bow. In Bluff we put out four garbage bags, which had gone through customs. This isn’t a joke. They asked us if we have any waste and we were only allowed to give it to the officers, who checked whether there is anything hazardous in it for them. Namely, dog faeces originated from an other continent is also considered hazardous waste. Anyway, there was nothing dangerous in our garbage, so they took it. By now, we’ve collected three more bags of the same kind of litter, that almost only contains plastic bags and bottles, a few broken ropes and used adhesive tapes might appear too. Until the finish we will have the fourth bag too. 

7th April, 20 20 UT, position: 16° 27' N, 032° 57,8' W.

Water temperature: 20,9°C