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Date: 29 Apr 2017 19:32:41
Title: Marquesas - within 1000NM

I am sorry about lack of correspondence, but we has problems with the
Satphone logging on and downloading stuff we didn't ask for when we wanted
to send and receive emails, and then running up $70 of charges each time.
Now fixed and I hope you get this on mailasail or blogspot.

If you have been watching Yellowbrick you will see we have been going quite
slowly and losing ground to the fleet. Problem is no mainsail, which means
we have the genoa and the staysail, and now we have the asymmetric ready to
go when we get the right wind. Wind has been light for the last two days so
there has been quite a lot of motoring and we are only doing 6 knots under
engine to conserve fuel. When the wind blows we have two efficient sail
plans - either poled out genoa to one side and the staysail to the other
which enables us to go 8-10 knots with good wind, or both foresails to one
side which works well with the wind on the beam and we can make 9 knots in
15 knots. We had that for about two hours this afternoon, after which the
wind has dropped to about 10 knots and we make 6 knots. So only 150NM days.
We are now 850NM to go so next Friday seems like a likely arrival date in
Fatu Hiva.

Roger and I did a lot of stainless cleaning today. Nicky has been
embroidering, and Alex and Dinah have done a lot of reading. Fishing has
been poor returns. We have had 4 fish hooked, landed one and lost 3 lures so

Nicky's birthday will be at sea. Happy May Bank Holiday weekend to you all!

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