Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
BOUND FROM: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean
TOWARDS: Cape Town, South Africa
TIME ZONE: GMT +4
NOON POSITION:24°22.5’S /051°34.8’E
DAYS RUN: 85nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 298nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 8,197nm
COURSE AND SPEED: SW 200T, 3.6 knots
WIND: Wind Force 3, ExNE
WEATHER: fair, 4/8 cloud, good, barometer 1019 millibars and steady
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: E 1m
SAILS SET: All square sails and outer jib set. Took in all other fore
and aft sail because of squall activity astern.
SHIPS WORK: Continued to overhaul running rigging and footropes.
Sailmaking work continues on the new jib, canvas hatch cover
REMARKS: Painting and coatings workshop discussing the benefits of different types of modern paint and coatings to protect wood and steel, and tips for how to prepare and set up a project and do a good job. Captain worried the bosun by ‘accidentally’ spilling a good quantity of green paint on the deck: the lesson was not to panic, but how to clean it up quickly and well!