Friday, 2 May 2014

Benoa Outbound Day 2

Hi everyone,
We currently sailing directly towards Dampier on a course of 172 and with a very nice speed of 6.3knots. Current position is 11 45.8S 115 37.2E. The wind has been E to ESE for the last 24 hours, ranging from 10 knots to about 20 knots.

Zen Again
Last night there were a few thunderstorms about but we managed to stay out of their way. Otherwise there were only a few smallish cumulus clouds to spoil our view of the stars and planets. There was only a small sliver of moon which set a few hours after sunset.

Twilight Approaching
Kakadu slowly caught up to us yesterday, passing us just after sunset. We could see their sternlight all night but they're now about 20 miles ahead of us I expect. They had an eventful exit from Benoa harbour, snagging a large tarpaulin and attached ropes on their propellor. Graham had to dive to cut it away.

Today the winds gradually increased during the morning and then decreased in the afternoon. At one stage we had two reefs and a partly furled No 2 and were still doing over 6 knots. It has been a hot day with the fans working overtime down below. Everything's now cooling down nicely now the sun has set. We've only seen four vessels in the last 24 hours - a big chance compared to the Java Sea!

The weather outlook appears to be a similar day tomorrow with winds decreasing after that. We'll see what actually happens.

Trust all's well where you are.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you're making good progress. Let's hope that it continues all the way! Nothing much happening here except a couple of very chilly nights. Good luck with the winds,
    Love Mum and Dad