We departed Mossel Bay at 1145 this morning. We are currently at 34 27S 21 49E, motoring at 4.5 knots on a course of 270M. The wind is 3-5 knots from the S with a long 3-4m swell also from the S. The mainsail is giving the motor a little help but the headsail won't set due to the pitching caused by the seas.
We are in company with Pipistrelle and Anke-Sophie still, although I expect they'll gradually pull ahead of us. We all spent yesterday at anchor in Mossel Bay as the westerly blow came through. It wasn't particularly strong but it blew from the W-SW all afternoon and most of the night. It was nice to have a lazy day at anchor, although we did get some jobs done. I gave the waterline, the log impeller, the engine intake and the rudder a quick clean. The water was surprisingly mild at 22C. The water offshore is about 19C around here.
The weather for this passage isn't great. We expect to have to motor most of the way in very light winds. Happily the 3-4m swell is predicted to die away overnight to 1-2m. The passage is about 220nm and we have 195nm to run at present.
Speaking of motoring, there was no sign of black debris in the engine's fresh water system when we checked it in Mossel Bay. So perhaps the previous debris was a one-off event caused by the brief overheat in Reunion. We'll know more after this passage!
Trust all's well where you are.