I steered most of the afternoon, and then we decided on 30 minutes on 30 minutes off during the night. We made up a little bed in the cockpit for the off watch, and set a timer. Needless to say it was a LONG night, but we persevered, because really what other choice did we have. We would sail fast for a couple of hours, lose our wind, motor, then the wind would come back we'd sail again. It was a crazy night, with a fair bit of shipping traffic too, but we had friends nearby and were never in any danger, just tired. I must say that Coleen is the worlds best first mate... she never once complained about getting up for her watch!
Finally around 11 the next morning we dropped the hook in Mayanagua. Oh for the lovely sleep!. I slept for a few hours, got up had a bite to eat and then set out to fix the autopilot. I had another one buried deep in the bilges, that I'd taken off my old boat, I got the belt from it, cleaned out all old bits of belt, installed it and we were good to go. We decided to leave for the Turks and Cacios at 6 the next morning, following our GPS cookie crumbs through the reef. That all sounded good, until we were really doing it and then it was a bit tense. I had Coleen out on the bow with a flash light keeping a good watch.