Saturday, 23rd January, 2016

Luna Quest
W. Eric Faber
Sat 23 Jan 2016 15:53
Noon Position: 16.02S 09.50W

Daily run: 127 logged miles

All night the parasailor stood firmly in the 11 knot breeze, but today the wind has gone down to 6 knots and the sail is flailing about. It is very wearing on the gear and on the crew. We decided to take it down and opt for the two poled-out foresails. It is less sail area, but there is very little room for flapping and flailing. It seems that the swell, which causes the boat to roll and the sails to flail about, is more pronounced in light winds. It is probably set up by violent seas that the low pressure systems of the Southern Ocean produce. We had big seas in the Indian Ocean for the same reason, but, luckily then, we had strong winds to push us along with all sails filled. We are now just making 3 knots of speed, which would get us to Salvador in just over 3 weeks’ time.