Blog 47. At Sea. 15.01.48S 156.61.308W
Tue 17 May 2016 04:35
We managed to sail most of Friday with the Genoa goose winged, albeit slowly and even had some decent winds after squall during the night. Come Saturday morning, the wind decreased, varying from 4 knots to 10 knots from dead aft, with a big sea that emptied the sails with every roll, so we switched on the iron topsail and have been running it ever since.
Today is Sunday, 16 May. We have both engines running at about 1800 rpm and are making approx 6 knots. We have had one heavy shower this morning, but the wind remains light from the stern. We have motor sailed whenever there was enough wind to do so and keep hoping for just a few knots more. Plan is to arrive at Suwarrow on Thursday morning, by which time we should have wind. Sod's law of the sea dictates that it will then be stronger than ideal for the unmarked pass into the lagoon and just what we want now, such is sailing!
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