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Proteus of London - Blog 5.12.12 - Sail repair day!

Spirits aboard Proteus are high as the log reads 1700nm, meaning that we are still averaging over 200nm a day which 8 days into a trip is very pleasing. The wind has been remarkably kind to us for the last couple of days, staying at the higher end of the forecast speeds and keeping us moving nicely. However we are due for head winds by early tomorrow morning, although forecast to be light and dying of to almost nothing this could come as
somewhat of a shock after so many days of downwind sailing.

Today is also the day we must fix the tear in the leech of the mainsail and get the batten back in, not easy considering the batten is about 20ft long and even with the sail down the pocket it must go in is about 9ft above the deck! Just to add to the challenge we can only access the batten pockets from the luff of the mainsail so this is going to involve trying to remove the required piece of the mainsail from the mast track!

In other news the fishing has finally started and so far it is a 50% strike rate with two lovely dorado caught from 4 attempts, needless to say Bryony spoilt us with ceviche and lovely pan fried fish for lunch.

From mid atlantic, Proteus - out.

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