Monday, December 8th, 2014
BOUND FROM: Rodrigues Island, Mauritius, Indian Ocean
TOWARDS: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean
NOON POSITION: 20°48.9’S / 057°29.5’E
DAYS RUN: 107nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 350nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 126nm
COURSE AND SPEED: WNW 262T, 8.4 knots
WIND: Wind Force 2, SE
WEATHER: fair, 3/8 cloud, visibility very good, barometer 1019 millibars and falling slowly
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: SE 1m
SAILS SET: all sail set – after steaming for a spell to ensure we make our appointment with the pilot at Reunion at 1400 tomorrow.
SHIPS WORK: John finished to the rope cover on the new foretopmast staysail – it’s completely finished now. Mahogany chest on the quarterdeck varnished. Joe made a new hardwood box on the foremast for the steaming light and sent it up. And new lockers for the fire hoses. Overhauled boat falls and blocks for longboat, spot painting, much communications with authorities in Reunion for pilots and such.
REMARKS: Sarong/lavalava/pareau-themed marlinspike for the end of the passage, by demand a Polynesian dance lesson for the girls with Miss Vai from Tonga, and a talk introducing Reunion and reminding people this is the last port before Christmas to buy presents.