South Africa - Port Nolloth to St Helena 1
Nicholas & Deidre Mace
Tue 10 Jan 2017 12:00
Tuesday 10 Jan 2017 @ 12h00
We left Port Nolloth on Monday 9 January @ 11.45 am, after collecting our courier parcel from CT.
Thanks Will and Connor :-) and also stocking up on more fresh produce after hearing that apples cost 2 pounds each on St Helena Island.
A good southerly wind was forecast, and we put up a full main and full Genny, with 15 kn apparent wind on our beam, sailing at about 10 knots.
About 60 miles out we passed 2 huge research vessels at anchor - we think it might be oil exploration ???
Later at night the wind picked up, even though it was forecast to lighten.
About 10pm, we put a reef in the Main, and after numerous surfs over 14 knots, we reefed the Genny as well.
This morning the wind has lightened and we’ve unfurled the Genny. Main reef is still in, and we still averaging 9 knots.
Overcast hazy conditions with a 4 meter swell. Wind S 15 Apparent (for non sailors- that’s the amount of wind we have across the deck whilst we sail at 9 knots).
We’re happy with our progress of 210 miles in the last 24 hours, and all is well aboard as we settle into our usual trans ocean routines.