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Nice Sailing

2 July 2007, 370nm from the Seychelles

On the helm with MP3 player for company
On the helm with MP3 player for company

Dear Friends and Family,

Finally, we got some nice sailing conditions.  This morning dawned with some high clouds, but we've had blue skies most of the day.  Small puffy clouds drift by on errands of their own, but we've had no rain in a couple of days now.  By noon the seas were down and we decided that the 20‑25 knot winds were stable so we shook out all but 1 reef and Ocelot has been happily splashing along at 7‑10 knots.

Unfortunately, it's a case of enjoy-it-while-you-can, as the forecast for tomorrow (such as it is) is for rain, and the winds to move forward by 30.  When that happens we'll start heading a bit further north, as we've actually been tracking south of the Seychelles to avoid some adverse currents.  This turns out to have been a good decision, as friends of ours taking the more direct route (he's an ex-airline pilot) have had 2 days of rain.  It also allowed us to "bank some southing" as we knew the SE trades would shift more into the south as we approached the Seychelles.

A not-so-fun crawl to the end of the boom
A not-so-fun crawl to the end of the boom

At noon today we were at 530'S 6206'E or 400 nautical miles from Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles.  We've sailed 616nm from Chagos, and 147nm in the last 24 hours under triple reefed main!  Our only adventure today was that 1 of our 25' (8m) long battens managed to work its way out of its pocket on the main.  Jon tried to put it back in (while sitting on the boom, 10' or 3m above the cockpit) but it was too difficult while we were underway, so we just pulled the batten out and lashed it on deck.

We're doing well, working our way through our books.  Amanda baked a delicious loaf of pesto-cheese bread for lunch and Sue's got a vegetarian curry going for dinner.

Fair winds and calm seas -- Jon, Sue and Amanda Hacking

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