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At sea: Squalls

June 11th, 2009 · No Comments

Making excellent progress but having to work a bit harder.  Squalls coming through since the middle of the night with 10 knot wind increase.  All across the Atlantic and in the Caribbean the squalls were just 5 knots so easy to accommodate.  Other close by still struggling with low winds.  We are getting a base of 10-15 with the squalls at 25 knots.

I was enjoying hand steering in the night when they came through and Giselle was sitting at 9 knots for long periods.  No rain in the over night ones which makes them invisible to radar.  Mary read the ones today spot on and we reefed neatly in time to be down below for the rain.

Position: [-6.171,-120.122] at 16:00 local, 24:00 BST
24hr run: 151 miles by GPS, 152 miles through water.
1131 miles to Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands. ETA at 5 knots: 12:11 GMT 21st June
Wind: SE 20 knots Sea: SW swell 3.5m (very big but well apart so easy to ride)
Sky:  Squalls with heavy rain

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg