It should read ‘night 12′ as the day did not yet pass. But as we’ve had so much happening the day before, I felt like posting to our non-german speaking readers so everyone knows we’re still here and ok.
Yesterday we had a lot of wind and a little rough seas. We put a big hole in our foresail, the big Genoa 2 and replaced it temporarily with the much smaller staysail. Since yesterday afternoon we continously had wind with a force six and gusts with 7, sometimes 8 beaufort. Thus despite running under the smallest sails (the only smaller are the storm sails) we still were doing excellent and had a daily log of fantastic 155 nautical miles !!! That is only TWO miles away from our all time record when crossing from Portugal to the Canary Islands a year ago.
During the night we didn’t get too much sleep as the ship’s motion with those waves is rather ugly but still everyone is happy after a good breakfast. And while Gui went to rest for a while, the kids are building things with LEGO and me – well I’m writing.
The wind should stay at around 20-25 knots during the next days which is a force 5 to 6. So we’ll continue with our current sails (small staysail and main in 3rd reef). Once we get into lighter winds, we’ll replace the torn Genoa 2 against the smaller Genoa 3. Oh, and tonight we’ll have ‘Bergfest’ as we will have done half the distance to the Marquesas. Yay !!!
Update at 0245h: Couldn’t send that email earlier as it wa impossible to get a connection to our ‘mailservers’. So we had a fast day with big waves and right now we’re preparing a Lasagne to celebrate the middle of the Pacific. The wind is slightly less now.
All downhill from here !
LATITUDE: 04-33.19S, LONGITUDE: 114-46.58W, COURSE: 274T, SPEED: 5.9, WIND: ESE 5, DISTANCE: 1466nm