Noumea to Kupang Day 3 - A life on the rolling deep
Position 17:33.96 S 159:05.79 E
Date 1200 (UTC+11) Sunday 04 October 2015
Distance run in 24hrs 165nm over the ground, 161nm through the water
Trip total 498nm over the ground, 476nm through the water
To go to Kupang Indonesia 2299 nm
Not quite as big a distance in this 24 hours caused mainly by decreasing sail to make life a little more comfortable in the 30 knot winds that arrived as forecast. The wind and sea are in general terms directly on the stern. Furling the mizzen further reduced speed but stopped it pushing the stern out of line so we are now running more steadily under reefed genoa only. We have taken to using the lower forward bunk for sleeping; to windward this would be very uncomfortable but running there is less motion as e stern is being pushed all over the place by the waves. This is real trade wind sailing and thinking back to our crossing the Atlantic in 2010 was something that we did not encounter other than 36 hours in the middle of the passage.
In the food stakes it was a shop bought lasagne, ideal for the circumstances. The Mate had hers at midnight and I had mine when I got up for my watch at 0200. Is this alfresco dining?
Power generation. The combination of the hydro-generator producing 10 amps (all generation at 24 volts), the wind generators for once in their lives, with 20-25 knots of apparent wind on the stern, producing 5 amps each and the solar panels filling in during the day means that we have gone for 48 hours with full batteries and that is with the use of electric kettles and the Remoska cooking pan on the inverter and the watermaker running periodically from the batteries. We ran the engine and generator for a total of an hour for hot water and additional time on the water maker. As it gets warmer the requirement for hot showers will no doubt disappear, and that is when we may require diesel for propulsion.