Mauritius to South Africa Day Eleven - 28 26.364S 035 21.345E
Mike and Liz Downing
Mon 11 Nov 2013 15:06
Motor-sailed during the evening until the wind came back around 22.30, and it was worth waiting for. On a close reach in a flat sea we creamed along at between 7 and 8kts throughout the night, lit by the moon we now have. It was a lovely sail. By 09.00 today, the wind dropped right off again and it was back to motor sailing until lunch time. The noon-to-noon run was 142 miles and as I write we have 140 miles to go. So we hope to arrive tomorrow, but whether or not it's in the light will depend on the wind we get. It's still supposed to be coming up strong from the north east, so that should give us enough speed to get in during late afternoon. It's been a quiet 24 hours for shipping - only called one up. He was chasing us towards Richard's Bay and we wanted to make sure after all these miles that we didn't get run down in the last stretch! We believe Richard's Bay to have quite an industrial port so are expecting shipping all the way in.