19º 46,3 ‘ North
43 43,4 ‘ West
TWS – True wind speed – 22-27 knots
TWD – True wind direction – 110º
Average speed of the boat – 18 knots
Maximum speed – 26 knots
Sea state – 5~7 meters swell
Sails – Main + A9
In today’s communication via satellite phone the skipper Paulo Mirpuri reported that the crew of Mirpuri Foundation’s sailboat reached half way of the route between Cape Verde and Barbados, having already covered 1060 of the 2,000 miles.
Thus, by the calculations of the skipper Mirpuri and co-skipper Johannes Schwarz, there are still 990 miles of navigation left and the estimated arrival time (ETA) will be on Saturday morning.
With the trade winds blowing 20 knots steady from east-northeast, the team is sailing downwind, with average speed of 18 knots and maximum speed of 26 knots. The morning watch (06:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) performed today the first changing of tack on the route to set the course for Barbados – a jibe, the complex maneuvering with the A9 sail that required the presence of eight crew members on the deck, including Luís Mirpuri, brother of the skipper, and Johannes Schwarz, co-skipper and navigator.
“The maneuver was carried out in a calm way, with eastherly winds of 22 knots and quieter sea, with waves between 2 and 4 meters high. The team is working well, with a very united spirit, which fits perfectly the philosophy of Mirpuri Foundation – work together towards a common goal for benefit of all.”, pointed out the Portuguese skipper.
The crew is divided into two groups (A and B) for the two 6-hour watch and the three 4-hour watch. So everyone manage to get a good rest each day.
“With the proximity of land we are already noticing the presence of lower clouds in the sky and an increase in the air temperature. The weather forecast indicates that we will have lighter winds as we approach the coast of Barbados.”, said the skipper.
At around 6:00 p.m., the sailors count on the hot meal of the day, usually consisting of pasta or rice with vegetables, as well as the fruits and snacks consumed throughout the day. “This type of nourishment is suitable for a sailing trip like this, because during the day we are quite busy on the deck to keep the sails trimmed and the concentration at the helm to take the best advantage of the wind and reach good speeds with the boat. At the end of the day, the sailors really need a hot meal and our Italian cook Giani Iura has been making great dishes.”, revealed Mirpuri.
The only little trouble on board was an inflammation on the nail of one of the crew members and skipper Paulo Mirpuri, who is also a doctor, treated him with medication.
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Photos by Jorge Leal
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Expeditions — 17 April 2020
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