YOTREPS: YES TIME: 2012/11/14 07:00 LATITUDE: 17-55.18S LONGITUDE: 040-40.41E COURSE: 274T SPEED: 5.3 MARINE: YES WIND_SPEED: 10 WIND_DIR: ENE WAVE_HT: 0.0M WAVE_PER: 0 SWELL_DIR: S SWELL_HT: 0.5M SWELL_PER: 6 CLOUDS: 35% VISIBILITY: 15 BARO: 1017 AIR_TEMP: 30.0C COMMENT: Beach House-EN ROUTE-Madagascar to Richard\’s Bay, South Africa
Day 2 – 135 miles. A record….low mileage day. As if nothing else could go wrong, our clew patch on the mainsail broke. FORTUNATElY, we were able to roll the sail into the boom to the first reef which I did in the bosun\’s chair while Nikki operated the furling system. That will be as much main sail as we\’ll be able to use the rest of the trip. Shades of the Galapagos crossing.
Wind is variable, last night it was non existent till 3:30 a.m., then 14-18 from the SSE, now ENE at 10, we\’re temporarily motoring. Glad I\’ve lots of fuel filters; they are lasting all of about 30 hours each!… Getting busy out here. We just passed two Japanese Long Liners and two cargo ships last night and one just about 20 miles ahead of us now. Also, we\’ve had a 1.5 knot current going AGAINST us for the last 20 hours. We are currently heading west to try and get to the African side of it where we should get a nice push all the way to Richard\’s Bay…. 800 or so mile to go! KIT, Still trying to GET to the motor project. With all that\’s gone on, I need a break. Poor Beach House needs some TLC when we get to SA!.. Scott and Able Sea-woman Nikki