Day 7 on Southern Child – Pinch and Punch for the 1st of December

Southern Child 1st December
Position 1200:22*20′ 50N 035* 55′ 06W
Daily Run: 161Nm
Distance to Waypoint: 1506Nm
We finally got tropic temperatures and the trade winds (from the East) are now fully setting in. The consumption of sun tan lotion has sky rocketed and the amount of day time clothing has been dramatically reduced to a minimum. Some of the crew have taken the opportunity to have a first “shower” in a week (aka a bucket of salt water).
We’ve been accompanied by the Norwegian boat Ellida 6 throughout the day – a boat Lars believes  is berthed in the same marina as his own boat back in Oslo, it sure is a small world.
Our landmark in the next couple of hours will be reaching the under 1500nm mark, unfortunately the wind didn’t play to our rules through the night and we ended up zig zagging more than heading in a direct course to St. Lucia.We’re back on track now and hoping to make up the miles throughout today with the spinnaker back up first thing this morning. After 1500 the next big milestone is the half way mark which, fingers crossed, will be reached tomorrow!!! The event will be celebrated with a party on deck and a beer or glass of wine to celebrate!
Highlight of the day: Hoisting, flying, gybing, driving and dropping the spinnaker like pros!