Day 37 - All East

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Wed 19 Jan 2022 21:53
Noon Position: 45 56.4 S 128 56.5 W
Course: E Speed: 6 knots
Wind: S, F3 Sea: slight
Swell: SW, 2 meters
Weather: overcast, cool
Day's Run: 140nm

I am pleased to say that I have very little to report today. Winds have remained moderate from the south and we have been able to beam reach for the entire 24 hours making good an average of six knots, all due east. The wind has also eased such that at 0700 I shook out the reef in the mainsail and unrolled the jib. A high pressure system is starting to dominate our weather. Consequently we are expecting light winds for a day or so and no doubt shorter daily runs.
Nonetheless, Coconut is not too far ahead now. I would estimate within thirty miles, somewhere to the ENE. We have organised a radio sked for 1500 after Mark has completed his meridian passage so as to facilitate a rendezvous in the next day or so.
Oops! Spoke too soon. I just checked the AIS transponder and it is showing a red light. Further tests revealed a problem with the antenna so I gave the coax cable to the antenna a jiggle and it broke where it is secured with a cable tie. So that is the job for this afternoon. And just when I need it to help locate Coconut.
Despite Murphy's law -
All is well.