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Date: 15 Nov 2015 15:03:31
Title: Durban here we come - a brief pause

28:27:0S 039:40:1E
 
Sails Down Drifting
We do not want to arrive in the Agulhas Current yet! The Agulhas Current flows south down the East coast of S Africa at 2-5 knots. When a SW gale blows against it the waves can build.
The weather forecast tells of two lows travelling up the S. African coast. They are bringing SW winds which may build into big seas. Through the radio net we are seeking local advice on the most comfortable place to wait this out and when to continue to Durban. The second low is complex and looks like splitting, coming our way and continuing up the coast in the Mozambique Channel. We have decided to sit it out North of its track and clear of the Agulhas Current and wait for a more favourable forecast.
 
High-light of the day so far: a visit from a 7-8 metre minke whale, it stayed with us for at least 45 minutes and was almost along-side.
 
The weather is currently calm, I wonder what the next 24 hours will bring?
 
Wandering Dream – Radio Control
We volunteered to take on the morning controller post for the long distance Indian Ocean radio net. We log everyone’s position, speed, course and share weather information for the fleet. Bryony took charge today.
 
 
Miles travelled in the last 24 hours: 130 miles
Miles to Durban: 500 miles

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