A Rough Night Got Rougher

L'Esprit de la Mer
Dr Chris Bates
Sun 1 May 2016 03:39
25 08 26 S 179 35 58 W
Yesterday and overnight we close reached under one and then two reefs .This morning the wind went up to a sustainedd 34 knt gusting 45knt with sea of 3m . Slowly improving this afternoon with wind down to steady 26knt but still big sea running . Autopilot coped wellbut used much power so recharging batteries now . Just made the braed. Should arrrive Minerva at dawn tomorrow . Am slowing down so not toarrive before daylight. ..chris