Passage from Cocos Keeling to Rodrigues S17:43:043 E074:29:225
The wind dropped as forecast to 10-12k and the sea quietened down so we just had a long rolling swell and a pretty flat sea – together with the blue sky and sun it made for a very pleasant day. The wind was more south than forecast, which meant we had it ahead of the beam, so good apparent wind, course and speed made all day. Wind up a bit in the night but still kept full sails on a 2 sail reach doing about 7k down the rhumb line.
We’ve just put the reefs back in both sails in anticipation of stronger winds later today. I guess that also means bigger seas…oh well at least it should be fast! We currently have 660 miles to go so in theory we will have to slow down to make a Saturday daylight landing! Not counting chickens yet…
Still have 4 pre-cooked dinners which should now last until we get there – good planning I reckon even though I say it myself! So looking forward to getting off the boat and going for a mice meal ashore. Our friends on Dirona have been trying out the eateries for us – so we have some good recommendations.
Been seeing a few more ships now – 2 last night – we think large commercial fishing vessels (factory ships) so they’ll be stripping the seas bare.
Date and time: 22nd September 10.15 local (GMT + 6.5 hrs)
Position: S17:43:043 E074:29:225
24 hours distance: 184 nm