Course: West Nor’ West Speed: 2.5 knots
Wind: South Sou’ West, F2-3 – light to gentle breeze
Sea: slight Swell: South 2 meters
Weather: overcast, mild
Day’s run: 87 nm sailed, 47 nm made good towards Sydney
With the mainsail repaired above the first the reef, we sailed overnight close hauled on the port tack making the best ground we could towards Sydney. We were somewhat under-canvassed for the mean wind conditions, but I was too tired to attend to the squalls, so left the two reefs in so I could leave Sylph to take care of them without need of my assistance.
Since yesterday afternoon we have sailed 87 miles without making any ground to the south. I could tack, but after the sail damage we have incurred I want to close the coast and work our way south from there. In fact, 120 nm ahead of us lies Coffs Harbour. I may well pull in there to clear in and repair the mainsail, and then continue south to Sydney.
Today’s job is to repair the spray cloths.
All is well.