we are reaching along at approx 90degrees to the direction of the wind –
which is fairly fast but also fairly bumpy – only 14kt of wind – but 1 reef,
and solent jib set to keep the boat speed sensible across these waves.
Quite and exciting night as we had a few squals come through reaching 20
kts of wind and giving us a lightening storm to look at…. eventually we
were slowing the boat down to less than 20kts by having 2 reefs, and the
small staysail set whcih is a good safe rig for us – it allows us to sail in
up to 30 kts of wind ( sometimes these squalls can give that much wind )
and keeps the boatspeed sensible. We really need to look after the boat in
these conditions as we are full of fuel and food for the round the world
distance we are quite heavy, it’s quite noticible, like a car full of people
compared to an empty one they handle differently. Out side of the squalls
there are beautiful blue skys and towering white clouds. Our first major
milestone is fast approaching ( sometime in the next 18-30 hours we hope)
THE EQUATOR, each mile stone is an important measure for us, and resets our
shorter term goals. The equator is going to be great to get across -much of
this trip will be spent in the southen hemisphere, so it’s great to arrive
there…… after that the big left turn heading east is next, followed by
getting south of Australia.
We are currently 1221nm from muscat, and around 280nm from the Equator –
we’ll come quite close to this point on our return leg, so it’s impossible
not to think about how great it will be crossing the equator again sometime
in March with around 1500 nm to Muscat…. excited – yes we will be – but
before that there’s a lot of sailing to do.
Life onboard continues pretty happily – eating, sleeping, sailing….