Day 3 - 17 33.098S 156 50.860

Mike and Liz Downing
Wed 8 Sep 2010 02:29
A noon-to-noon run of 142.9 miles. The wind came up during the night and the bigger southerly swell we were expecting came with it. The wind is from the east and the swell from the south, so quite confused seas at times. The wind has been blowing 20 to 25kts with higher gusts and the swell is 3 to 4 metres (10 to 13ft) with the occasional one bigger. So it's not been so comfortable today. Had just the working genoa poled out, but well reefed most of the day and we were still making 6kts and surfing down some waves closer to 8kts. That's a bit too fast for the conditions, so have now replaced it with the small storm jib on the cutter stay and we're now down to 4 to 5kts and, with sun shinning, it's much more pleasant. The forecasts suggest that the large swell from the south will stay with us for another day, but the easterly winds should moderate a bit.

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