Passage from Broome Australia to Cocos Keeling S15:58:439 E114:26:423
Despite the grib files showing light winds, we had 12- 15 knots most of the day. At one point it got up to around 20 so we put a reef in the genoa and kept it in all day – made good progress at around 8 knots for the best part of the day. The seas got a bit sloppy but generally not too uncomfortable. During the night the wind did drop to around 5 knots but we still kept up a reasonable speed of around 4 – 5 knots. The long roll has now shortened considerably and there are wind waves so seas are a bit more lively. Shook out the reef early this morning. Still close reaching on port tack – not much fiddling about to do with the sails! Lots of reading!
cetaceans but one lonely long tailed tropic bird and a clutch of brown boobies
having an ocean wave conference! Shipping trade still going strong with
24 hours miles: 187
Position at 08.30 – 31 August (GMT+8): S15:58:439 E114:26:423