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At Sea: Good News – Wind, Bad News – on the nose

May 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Sailing now since mid day Thursday. Initially a romp with the wind from the east then hard on the wind as it went slowly through the north and upto 25-30 knots for a while. Sea is confused with several 2m swells present but Giselle is getting through it with ease – long may that last.

A bit later writing this today and have just finished checking in with Des at Opua Offshore Communications and chatting with Karen on Red Herring in the Abel Tasman. Des thinks we will stay in the NW airflow tomorrow. I will get our GRIB files when I send this e-mail. Star Dancer 3 reported westerly winds at the latitude of Tanna at the moment – here’s hoping that changes before we get there.

Cabin temperature getting warmer. The Sea temp of 23 is keeping the cabin warm.

Position: 31°00’S 173°47’E [-31.01,173.785] at 11:32 GMT+12 , BST 00:32 6th May 24hr run: 115.2 miles by GPS. 724 miles to Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu. ETA at 5 knots: 11:21 Thurs 11th May Vanuatu Local Time Wind: WNW 15 knots Sea: 3 or 4 2m swells! Sky: Sunny

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