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Day’s Run – December 3

BOUND FROM: Rodrigues Island, Mauritius, Indian Ocean
TOWARDS: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean
TIME ZONE: GMT +4
NOON POSITION: 20°01.5’S / 061°26.8’E
DAYS RUN: 60nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 125nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 351nm
COURSE AND SPEED: WNW 259T, 2.6 knots
WIND: Wind Force 2, ENE
WEATHER: fair,5/8 cloud, visibility excellent, barometer 1018 millibars
and steady
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: ExS 1m
SAILS SET: All sails set
SHIPS WORK: Got a coat of paint on the canvas hatch cover, which helps to keep it water tight (though there are both rubber and plastic tarpaulins underneath as well). Sent down the old mainsail and fore-t’gallant and bent a newer one in its place, getting ready for the Cape of Good Hope rounding. Sailmaking continues. And running rigging renewal.
REMARKS: Power shower after lunch. Tacking training this afternoon, but
not quite enough wind to make it around – we’ll try again when it’s a
bit breezier. We furled all sail and fired up the main engine to steam
through the night at 5pm.

Alex and Emil running aloft
Alex and Emil run aloft to stow sails

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Day’s Run – December 2nd

BOUND FROM: Rodrigues Island, Mauritius, Indian Ocean
TOWARDS: Reunion Island, France, Indian Ocean
TIME ZONE: GMT +4
NOON POSITION: 20°01.1’S / 062°29.4’E
DAYS RUN: 65nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 65nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 409nm
COURSE AND SPEED: NW 276T, 2.9 knots
WIND: Wind Force 1-2, NE
WEATHER: fair, 1/8 cloud, visibility excellent, barometer 1016.5 millibars and steady
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: NExE 0.5m
SAILS SET: All sails set
REMARKS: First full day at sea after a delightful visit to Rodrigues Island where we waited out a Tropical Storm. Now the weather is sunny and light and seas are small and blue. Bosun’s chair workshop this afternoon – everyone got a turn to hoist themselves up and tie the self-tending hitch for lowering themselves most safely. And we just saw whales blowing off the starboard quarter – the first this passage.

Elias in a bosun's chair
Elias in a bosun’s chair

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