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Day’s Run – March 24, 2015

Just another trade-wind Tuesday. The current has come fair here, a couple of hundred miles off the coast of Brazil, adding nearly two knots to our speed over ground. Smoking along now, should be there in no time – Monday or maybe even sooner. Final splicing workshop this afternoon, the end of topic test: everyone was given three fathoms of rope and told to make a short splice, long splice, eye splice, chain splice and sailmaker’s eye splice all to be inspected and signed off as capable.
SHIPS WORK: Replaced the tacks on the mainsail and a buntline block on the main upper topsail, work on the new cap stay: serving is all done, now time for wire seizings and lots of slush. Replaced a couple of ratlines on the fore. Coats of paint and linseed oil on the tiller and rudder for Sydney. Paint on the thwarts for Sea Never Dry and carpentry work on fitting Sydney with a bowsprit.
BOUND FROM: James Bay, St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
TOWARDS: Grenada, Windward Islands, Caribbean Sea
TIME ZONE: GMT -3
NOON POSITION: 07°02.3’N /051°42.0’W
DAYS RUN: 116 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 3,220 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 656 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North West by West 1/2 West, Course made good 280° true, 6.0 knots
WIND: Wind Force 5, East North East
WEATHER: Fair, 7/8 cloud, barometer 1018 millibars and steady,
visibility very good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: East by North 2 m
SAILS SET: All sails set except royals, flying jib and studdingsails,
braced up slightly to starboard and with plenty of screw in the yards
Taking up on the main braces
Taking up on the main braces

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