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At Sea: Dawn Princess at Noon

May 9th, 2011 · 3 Comments

Got through to the trade winds at 12:00 yesterday. Great run every since. We averaged 7.5 knots for the first 4 hours and 7.0 for the whole day. If we can make 6.3 overall average we get into Port Resolution on Wednesday before dark otherwise we’ll have another night at sea. Forecast is for the direction to hold but strength to get lighter. There may still be an opportunity for the reacher to earn its keep. We have reached tropical latitudes.

We got a good look at Ile Matthew. It seemed to be pretty close to its charted position. Very steep too so not a good choice for an away from it all holiday home.

We may get to see our first passing boat of the trip. The cruise liner Dawn Princess should be within 4 miles in an hour, she is due into Sydney at 19:00 of the 12th May. We wonder if they will announce our presence to make their customers thankful for their comforts?

Position: 21°57’S 171°18’E [-21.945,171.301]at 11:10 GMT+12 , BST 00:10 10th May 24hr run: 167.3 miles by GPS. 175 miles to Port Resolution, Tanna, Vanuatu. ETA at 5 knots: 21:08 Thurs 12th May Vanuatu Local Time Wind: ENE 14 knots Sea: SE swell 2.5m 26°C Sky: 25% cloud cover

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Andrew // May 9, 2011 at 11:57 pm

    I think they’ll only announce your presence if they get close enough for their passengers to wave…. …..but then Kirsty can always do her “wave if you’re sad” 😉

  • 2 Glenys // May 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Mmmm! Andrew’s comment is too cryptic for me! Enjoy
    Love Glenys

  • 3 Andrew // May 16, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    @ Glenys
    Kirsty always used to enjoy getting passing boats to wave back, she would say “wave if you’re sad” (which they could never hear) and when they waved back she’d take it as admission that they were ‘sad’….much like that scene in Wayne’s World.