Well we are now well into the Indian Ocean on the passage from Cocus to
Mauritius, some 2400 miles.
We had a good start, right end of the line, but 28 seconds late (!).It was a
starboard gybe for 3 miles then we gybed to Port when we could clear the
island, and we are still on port gybe some 30 hours later.
Since then we have been sailing in 20-25 knot SE trade winds with occasional
gusts to 30 knots. The sea has been at about 2 meters. So it has been fast
sailing, first 24 hours we did 241 miles, i.e. for none mathematicians just
over 10 knots per hour, and that speed has continued ever since.
The weather pattern should hold at this for the next 4 days at least, so we
will continue sailing straight down the rhumbline, i.e. a great circle route
worked out by GPS which will get us there in the shortest distance.
A small blob on the horizon, when a low goes through the Southern Ocean, it
sends some largest waves up through the Indian Ocean, so we are forecast to
have 3-4 meter waves on the beam during the evening of the 2nd October,
which could make it even more rolly than it is now.
We expected to take water over the fore deck, which we are. So sealing the
hatches has proven to be a good move as the boat is completely dry inside
which is heaven. The aircon and generator are working well so we are going
along in perfect comfort. With some 1600 litres of fuel on board we should
have plenty for the trip.
Otherwise we are all settling down to the 10/11 day sail to Mauritius, which
could be accomplished without making a tack or gybe and without a sail
change, here’s hoping.