Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 14
Unfortunately our wind died this morning - but not completely, we have been sailing along on what would be a beautiful day in the sunshine - if we were just cruising about the Clyde, just a bit slow at 3-4 knots in 9 knots of true wind when you are trying to make a passage.But the wind has come up in the last half hour and we are making progress again, just hope it lasts.We may be arriving in Mauritius on Wednesday rather than Tuesday though.We now have land in sight - the island of Rodrigues, another 350 miles to Mauritius.. read more...
Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 13
Another sparkling day sailing.Just before dark last night we set the (reefed) yankee with the pole wing and wing with reefed main turning more downwind as it was more east.Timshel runs very well like this albeit with some rolling - there is still a big swell.As the sun came up we could let out the reefs and have been going nicely all day.Now if it would just stay like this until we get there! With the calmer weather we were able to tidy up some things and run the watermaker, pizza for tea tonight.Our time is slightly skewed as we go west as we are still on Cocos time - as this is the time for the SSB net and the finish no point changing - but it now stays light in the evening, but sunrise is later in the morning.Of course we are also further south.. read more...
Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day12
Good news first thing this morning that the injured lady was transferred to the Mauritius coast guard vessel Barracuda with medical back up on board and speeding off to Mauritius.So she will have immediately been given the treatment she needs, and we are all hoping for a quick recovery.They had declared the seas too rough the previous evening.It has all moderated today, less wind, less waves, but there are still a few spiteful ones about so we still have all hatches and windows fastened, one board in the companionway and the companionway hatch closed.A few boats did have torrents of the water below over the chart table damaging their instruments.We are probably fortunate that our chart table is on the port side, with the boat on port tack any water getting in sprayed the galley and. read more...
Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 11
Be careful what you wish for!Certainly plenty of wind today and a big rather confused sea.We have gradually reefed right down, now have at least 2 reefs worth of main rolled in and just the staysail.Timshel was handling the conditions Ok but every so often a big sea would hit us broadside with a huge crash and it was getting very wet, so we have slowed down and are sailing more downwind.We are probably missing an opportunity for great speeds and progress (I am sure the bigger boats are enjoying it more) but better not to break things. . read more...
Timshel - Cocos to Mauritius Day 10
Another sparkling day sailing, it is always much better in sunshine.We are making good progress in 11-24 knots of true wind on the beam.We could go faster with a bit more wind, but its OK.Another celebration today as we got to 1000 miles to go, but that was directly to the way point at the finish (and through the island) and we just now plotted intermediate waypoints round the north end of Mauritius which added 9 miles, but we have passed 1000 miles on this route as well now.Spoke to Misto again this morning on the long range channel, they are making steady progress and no doubt getting closer as they are faster.. read more...