Monday, 14 December 2015

Mossel Bay Inbound

Hi everyone,
We are currently in position 34 14S 23 37E, motorsailing at 6 knots on a course of 310M. We have a light SE wind of about 10 knots. We have full sail up which is adding a couple of knots to our motoring speed. We have logged 95nm on the passage so far and have 75nm to run. The passage is 200nm over the ground so we are getting assistance from current - perhaps 1 knot on average.

We motored across a windless sea from 2100 last night until 1200 today when the light SE breeze came in. As the night wore on the clouds dispersed and we had moonless but starlit early hours. The bioluminescence stirred up by the propellor was impressive, extending a boatlength or so behind us.

We have caught up with the two boats we're in company with. The three of us have been in VHF range of each-other all the way - a first for us since leaving Fremantle. We seeing lots of birds on this passage, and think we may have seen a seal in the distance. Expecting to see more of the latter along the south coast.

We hope to arrive in Mossel Bay around dawn tomorrow morning. We expect a brief period of strong SW winds on Tuesday afternoon and overnight. If they die down as predicted we will be able to depart for Simon's Town on Wednesday afternoon.

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