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Day’s Run – 6 April 2019

Day came in with low broken clouds and a beautiful sunrise. Winds had laid down overnight and a new swell had come from somewhere to the south to give us a roll. But deck wash down gets going anyway. Halyards and braces get a pull in the early morning light to renew the nip and get the slack out. The way of ship at sea carries on. We have been using too much fresh water, Engineer Deyan tells me. We have passed the word to all crew but have seen no change. We will need to tighten this up a bit. We make plenty of fresh water in our water makers but do not want to be running them all day. With strict rationing, we can go for four months with our tanks until they are dry. With no discipline at all the water could be gone in a week or two. It is getting warmer, showers are increasingly popular. On other fronts, ditty bags are coming along. Kimba, Sue, James, Corey, and Nicholas are out every day with the ship’s sextants, shooting the sun.

From: St Helena Island, South Atlantic Ocean

Towards: The West Indies – Grenada

Date: April 6, 2019

Noon position: 07-59S / 016-28W

Course and speed: NW at 5.5 knots

Wind force and direction: ESE at force 4

Seas/swell: moderate seas of 1 to 2 metres from the SE

Barometer: 1017 steady

Sky: Half-covered with cloud, cumulus

Water temperature: 27.7C – 82F

Distance made good in 24 hours: 118 nautical miles

Distance to next port: pretty far, 2,948 miles as the albatross flies

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