Wind dead astern, if we are on course. So we are
about 20 high of the course, hoping for the predicted wind shift further down
the way, When the wind is up, we go very nicely, Simon is proud that he had
8.5kts on his watch, with 1 reef & no headsail, but I fear the wind is
forecast to drop. VH is chatting to us on the SSB each day, they have increased
their lead on us, the joy of two big roller furling headsails, means one does
not have to reef down at night, it is easy just to roll them in as the wind
picks up, oh well at least we are not rolling like they are!
Ina however is having a tough time of it at the
moment. She usually has a bad first day, then gets into the swing of things,
but this time she is still feeling very rough & tired after the second
day out. Not fun for her at all, and it means the kids have to put up with
my cooking. Although thet did get some of my birthday fruit and nut choclate to
make up for the pasta I cooked in sea water that was rather too salty, even for
All asleep now, we have been fighting off a kiwi
boat that has been slowly catching us up, I put in a reef so I could sllep
without worrrying about squally tonight, and they have snuck past us. Will have
to work hard now I an back up to see what I can do. The breeze has swung a
little to the north, but has also started to drop.
Kids had a day full of laughter, they willingly got
stuck into some school, but not as much, or as efficiently as if Ina had
been involved, then there was just playing together all afternoon. So much
gigling and plain laughter, plus they are both standing a watch to give me a
chance to get some sleep.
Looking forwards to Surravov, and then Tonga
afterwards. Hoping for some snady beaches to play on, camp on, and launch
my kites from. We shall see!
Little rain squall just went through,
kids back sleeping in the cockpit again, but not enough rain to wake them
up, boat speed jumped from 5kts to a nice steady 7kts. All we need to perform
really well is a little bit of breeze!