Timshel - Reunion to SA Day10
Making progress towards Africa, less than 200nm to go now to Richards Bay, so hope to get there tomorrow, the wind should be stronger then but both it and the current should be with us. We are aiming to cross the Aghulhas current where it is quite narrow. The entrance is clear and well marked and the rally will have a boat meet us for the final approach to the marina, so a night entry while not ideal should be OK. Yesterday morning we were visited by a pod of at least 20 small and very energetic dolphins that stayed with us for a short while. We set the cruising chute yesterday afternoon, a slightly incongruous sail plan with the triple reefed main, but we made good speed until evening when we took it down a bit before sunset as the wind was getting up, without the mainsail to blanket it the process is a little hairier than usual. The cruise ship Europa 2 passed yesterday and the Officer of the watch called on VHF for a chat - I think he had passed a succession of yachts from the rally on his course.