Borobudur ship heads into Atlantic
Jan 24, 2004
Position at 12:00hrs GMT was:
Latitude: S 32 17'. 56
Longitude: E 016 6'. 50
Speed: 6.5 knots
Direction: 305 degrees
Distance travelled in the last 24 hours: - 141 miles
Towards Ghana-Day 2
Overnight we maintained a good speed of around 6-7 knots and have therefore managed to do some 141 miles over the last 24 hours. With the southerly winds blowing up from the Antarctic, our night at sea was pretty cold and once again most of the crew were wrapped in at least 3 or 4 layers of clothing whilst on watch. Down below the bunks were very cold too. Oh for a sunny day in Cape Town!
The night sky was very clear and we could see a fantastic array of stars across the southern hemisphere’s night sky. During the early morning at around 0200 hours local time we witnessed a spectacular rising of the moon. As a relatively new moon it is just a small crescent but its reddish-golden colour gave it a special character against the background of the mid-blue night sky. A sight to remember.
We passed 5 or 6 fishing vessels during the night and we are now off the South African coast by over a hundred miles and heading further out to sea towards the little island of St. Helena. We caught our first fish in Atlantic waters this morning- a “yellow tail” which made for a beautiful lunch-thanks to a new line and large squid-like lure that Putu managed to rig up. We have also seen a couple of Albatrosses and many cormorants, also looking for fish. The sea is now a clear blue with white tips on many of the waves and the sun is providing some welcome warmth and lifting our spirits. However we have a few more cold days ahead before we reach warmer waters but the voyage has started well.
NB this excerpt was taken from the Borobudur website, which contains full details of this magnificent voyage - see our earlier reports for details