Total miles sailed so far=10351 NM.
Total miles sailed last three days=382 NM.
Distance left to go to Cape Leeuwin, Australia=3733 NM.
Top speed so far=12.3 knots
THE REST OF THE STORY:
24hr Run: 126N
Position: Latitude 45*18’S. Longitude 18*-50’E.
Weather: Wind 8-15kts WNW.
Seas: 8-12ft SW.
Today marks another milestone for the crew of the Sailors Run, as now after over 10,000NM, and 75- days and 21hrs. we have “The Cape of Good Hope” abeam.
Now of course even though it is 4 am a toast of one shot of 12-year old Cuban Run is enjoyed at this milestone of our Journey.
For me this is also a very emotional time and I must thank my lovely wife Debbie and all our family and friends for hanging in there with us, and not to mention all of your prayers.
Now it’s into the Indian Ocean, and another 3,900 NM. to our Third Southern Cape, Cape Leeuwin, Australia.
I’m sure some of you have wondered if I ever thought of packing it all in, and sailing for home, well the answer is an emphatic NO!
I have never been very good at quitting a challenge that I have undertaken. Believe me I know what it feels like to want to quit having run several marathons in under 3-hours, but as long as I can see the remotest chance of success I keep on going
It occurred to me today that I’m experiencing a strange phenomenon and that is, I believe this is the first time ever for me, that I have set out on a voyage and will not have to turn around to come back, “Think about it”.
Position: Latitude 44*55’S Longitude 22*03’E.
Weather: Wind NNW 12-30+kts.
Seas: W. 8-12 ft.
Cabin Temp: 49*55*.
Today I got the Genoa back up on the furler in the lighter morning breezes, and was able to sail with it through the daytime hours, eventually having to roll it in as winds increased.
I have been cautioned by Two Time World Circumnavigator Bruce Schwab, who soloed “Ocean Planet” in two Around Alone Races, that he always had the worst times in the Indian Ocean. So now I get to see if we have a similar experience.
Last night I cut up one of my giant squash and cubed some of it and cooked it up. The squash was great and now I just hope it will keep until I can get it all eaten.
24hr Run: 111 NM.
Position: Latitude 44*45’S. Longitude 24*10’E.
Weather: Wind 6-20kts. SE then NNW.
Seas: 6-8ft NW
Cabin Temp: 49*-60*
Now I must be honest with you and say that my new “Desert Dry Water Distiller” for offshore cruisers is living up to its name, as I have not seen a drop of water in the production water container after several days. It might be a case of where you must cut the condenser jug into slabs of plastic and lick the inside area to obtain any water. Oh well it was an idea.
I should mention on another experiment of mine I have been quite successful 83-days ago
I purchased 4-loaves of the cheapest wheat bread I could buy, with the idea that it would have lots of preservatives in it and there for would keep well. I can honestly say I can still make a tuna sandwich, and the bread is soft and tastes fresh, and no mold. I don’t know how long the bread can keep doing this but I still have 2.5 loaves left so might find out.
To further conserve water I’m now washing the dishes in salt water, with a little fresh water rinse.
Looking for rain, your Amigo the j