REMARKS: At sea again! After a magnificent three week stay in beautiful Kaap Stad, it’s good to be at sailing again. We steamed overnight in light headwinds, and then the wind came fair this morning so we set sail at the change of the watch. There’s nothing like that first moment of quiet when the main engine and generator have been turned off and the sails silently fill with wind. The only sounds are the water sloshing past the hull and the crew quietly going about their day. It was the Captain’s birthday today so we had a nice dinner in the salon with Donald Fried Chicken, roast beef and baked fish, lots of salads and potatoes and a birthday cake.
SHIPS WORK: Ship stowed for sea and mooring lines spread on galley house to dry. Bent on the fore t’gallant sail, replaced starboard fore upper topsail downhaul, greased top masts and t’gallant masts.
BOUND FROM: Cape Town, South Africa
TOWARDS: Luderitz Baai, Namibia
TIME ZONE: GMT +2
NOON POSITION: 31°36.4S /016°48.3’E
DAYS RUN: 165 nm
PASSAGE DISTANCE RUN: 165 nm
DISTANCE REMAINING: 370 nm
COURSE AND SPEED: North by West, 1/2 West, Course made good: 319° true, 3.4 knots
WIND: Wind Force 3, South by South West
WEATHER: Fair, 7/8 cloud, barometer 1020 millibars and steady, visibility good
SWELL HEIGHT & DIRECTION: South West 0.5-1m
SAILS SET: lower and upper topsails, mainsail, foresail, foretopmast staysail, outer jib and inner jib