Southern Princess Day 4 12z 23:18N 24:43W
John & Irene Hunt
Thu 29 Nov 2007 12:12
Ocean sailing at the moment is as boring as bat ........!
Haven't caught a fish yet but then again we haven't had a line until there is room in the freezer.
12:00 24:02.345N 21:57.600W 1497.0 1028 Completed all reports. Wind from 068°m at 15knots. Course 271°m at 5.8 knots. Sea with no defined swell pattern yet. Lumpy.
18:00 23:55.875N 22:31.350W 1497.0 1025 Speed down to 4knts and wind to 10knts from 077°m. Pulled in both genoas, turned on motor at 17:45 and headed further south (250m to 20N 30W). Sent Bruce an email for a suggested wind route.
24:00 23:37.565N 23:15.645W 1501.4 1025 4.4 hours run on motor (4hrs 24mins) stopped motor at 22:00 and managed to sail on 250°m for an hour. Latest suggestion from BB is to steer 290°m and reach across until 23:50W and then to 250°m again. Currently reaching with light weight genoa and full main with 15-16 over the deck and 8 knots speed. RAYMARINE has gone from AUTO to STANDBY three times since 18:00 hours.
29/11/2007 02:00 23:40.794N 23:27.561W 1501.4 1025 02:00 started motor again. Wind has been veering between 065° and 095° and fluctuating in strength from 5 - 10 over the deck. Speed was down to 3.9 knots!
05:00 23:40.036N 23:50.409W 1504.5 1025 RAYMARINE went from Auto to Standby with the error message 'Pilot Disengaged' at around 03:00. Still motoring, seas nearly flat calm and wind indicator lazily revolving around the dial. Turned to new course 250°.
09:00 23:21.000N 24:19.130W 1508.7 1024 Same old, same old! Nothings changed from above except we are now steering 245°. Now that I have learned to use a degree sign I am going to stop saying m for magnetic. At 10:00 received an email from BB suggesting we go north again to waypoint 23:30N 30:00W and we are now motor sailing with main and genoa on course 283°. Wind across the deck only 10 knots and sea is lumpy with no rhythm.
12:00 23:18.702N 24:42.699W 1511.6 1024 Wind from 84° Course 283° Wind 7.9 knots over the deck. Motor sailing with main sail only at 7.8 knots. Engine hours in the last 24 hours is 14.6 (14:36)