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Date: 16 Dec 2010 08:31:00
Title: Voyage to Verde Islands - Day 5

 
16:12.10, 20:18.23N 20:27.88W
 
Had a nice 'day off' yesterday - the winds were light but enough to sail so we could sit on the front of the boat reading as the water and boat were flat.  The wind has been a bit variable and light but we have managed to sail all the way through the night and keep on our course.  It's amazing what the boat can do when the sea's are flat - we had 7 knots of wind and were sailing at almost 5 knots which isn't bad, luckily we are going almost upwind - we can do this much faster in light airs than we can go downwind
 
More Dolphins yesterday afternoon - think that they were hunting as they were leaping out of the water into the air, they were clearly busy as not at all interested in the boat, we watched them for a while - assume that they had found a shoal of fish or something, when they leapt into the air they got at least 2 metres clear of the water and came down with a terrific splash.  Still no whale sightings though.
 
Less enjoyable was that I found late yesterday afternoon that our engine has sprung an oil leak, it always leaked a little bit as old diesels do so we had to top up every 60 hours or so, but yesterdays was more so.  We spent a hot couple of hours having to mop up oil from the bilges and clean up the engine to see where the leak was.  Adam has tightened all of the bolts as much as he can - we wonder if the heat can cause this when things expand since John who we talk to on VHF also spent yesterday trying to trace the source of pools of oil under his engine and had to tighten a couple of bolts - some co-incidence.  Adam thinks he has reduced the leak down but it was 11pm when he finished looking at it last night so we'll have another look today in the daylight.  We have spare oil for topping up and if the wind stays between 7 and 10 knots that we have right now then we can keep on sailing so won't need to run it, if we do - it is just a case of watching it very closely.
 
Another warm and clear day today. 
 
 

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