Thursday, 6 August 2015

Slip Sliding Away ~ Day 15 to the Marquesas

05 August 2015  ~  Position 06 37S 127 33W at 1730 UTC, 1130 Boat Time (Still on Galapagos Local)  0530 tomorrow NZ Time.
Course Over Ground 255dT, Speed Over Ground 7.0 knots,  24 hour run 166 miles. 

Good weather is holding, clear skies with just a few trade wind clouds around that bring just a little extra wind. Wind ESE 15 - 20, easing and backing all the time, seas still very lumpy tough.  Still flying double reefed main, jib poled back out to windward, finally managing to get some southing in and almost lay our course.

not quite enough for dinner
Very little to report, had a ship pass by from North West to South East overnight on change of shifts so we both got to see that there is other life out there.  A handful of birds pass by but none seem intereted in stopping for a rest, no fish for dinner.  These should be the conditions we now get for the rest of the trip, with hopefully some easing in the sea state.

Striken or should that be striking Ray the autopilot is still resting, thanks to all for feedback on his symptoms, skipper still working on him.  Thanks again for all the incoming emails, it makes our day.
So ......  ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?   Well, the miles are slip sliding away and we are now under 700 left to run, tick tock, tick tock.
You can see our progress  on a map on our mailasail blog.  
Position at 2215UTC when sent via satphone 06 48.72S  128 01.30W 

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