Rodrigues to Mauritius Day 1 - Too fast trade wind sailing

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Wed 25 May 2016 07:00

Position                    19:50.14 S 060:05.52 E

Date                          1200 (UTC+4) Wednesday 25 May 2016

Distance run             in 24hrs 172nm over the ground, 160nm through the water

Trip total                  192nm over the ground, 181nm through the water

To go to                    Port Louis, Mauritius course distance 157nm

Route distance         346nm as originally planned


The wind has been a reasonably steady 24-26 knots from the south east with seas from a similar direction at about 3 metres.  This gives 20 knots over the deck somewhere aft the beam and a problem.  We planned at an average between 6.5 and 7 knots and proves difficult to keep the speed down do that we arrive off the coast of Mauritius in daylight for an entry to Port Louis at some time after 1000 tomorrow.  The answer has been triple reefed genoa, main and mizzen well secured down against the occasional violent roll.  We are happy that the trip is only 350nm as it is tiring.  We are encountering quite a number of ships as we cross the route from Singapore to Cape Town.  We have also just passed 40nm north of the point where on Sunday morning the yacht Atlantis foundered and sank.  The single handed sailor was able to launch his dinghy and 24 hours later was able to attract the attention of a passing merchant ship using a flare.  He had been delivered back to Rodrigues as we set off yesterday.  The reason for the sinking is not known.