at 12.30 utc
position 28*58 N 37*13 W
speed average 11 kn19
Most fabulous sailing weather: breeze of 11 kn, good comfortable angle, cool air, warm sun, what more to ask for? Just above the latitude of Lanzarote, but many 100 nm more West.
Hoping I can keep enough distance to the big Azores High. I had hoped it would have moved a bit more N and specially E, but not so. So sailing max low with keeping decent speed.
Really enjoying the sailing. Mainsail problem not an issue anymore.
Only issue (of course ) is that the emergency B&G set up on the pole is becoming unreliable. Certainly at night not good. It worked for a few days, that is already pretty good for B&G……
I have o/b from B&G : radar/gps/2 electronic compasses/autopilots/instruments/ plotter screen/ 4 remote wireless pilot controls . All, literally ALL of that is B&G junk. Nothing works as it should, most is completely dead. The most expensive brand, intelligent but overcomplicated software and functions, but quality? The bottom of the bottom.
Unbelievable how financial owners (Swedish PE ) can destroy willingly and knowingly a reputation that was built up over many years. It is what private equity and monomanic focus on (short term) financial results only, does to a nice little company.
Maybe all of us boaters should use the coming boat shows (Stockholm, Amsterdam-HISWA and other shows ) to make our point: we are fed up with Mickey Mouse boating equipment, still costing a fortune, of terrible quality. Rub their noses in their own dirt! Let’s have some fun!
Have a nice weekend ,