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Date: 03 Dec 2011 12:06:00
Title: Day 7

Position 17 51.30N 039 19.06W

Day 7 on the 3rd December 2011

>From 12.00 UTC on the 2nd, to Noon on the 3rd December, distance travelled from Cape Verde is now 980 miles on the trip.

Noon to noon run was 206 miles

Distance to go to just south of the island is 1,287 miles.

24 hour sailing report

The wind has maintained a speed from 10 to 18 knots from the ENE or NE.

At about 12.00 UTC we put up the bag of fear (our Parasailor /spinnaker). This dramatically increased our speed up to 7.00 to 8.00 knots, with a maximum recorded speed of 10.4 knots. It is now going to be called the bag of fear and SPEED.

The Parasailor actually made the motion of the boat much smoother. It was also very easy to control when up.

The only down side, is getting up and down. A bit of a handful but we are getting better each time!!!!

We are now back with the genoa and main fully out, but will put it up again very shortly.

No rain over the last 24 hours.

Not much wild life day today, just flying fish and a few sea birds.

We are now sailing in company with three other boats, Moin a German boat about 40 feet long, and Marite 111 also 40 feet and Karacool the 53 foot CAT who is also one of our group boats.

We all left within about an hour of each other. Karacool is now 144 miles ahead of us in Oyster Moon. Moin is about 59 miles behind with Marita 111 about 40 miles behind us.

More news on the next noon report

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