Windchase

Windchase

Sat Feb 16 19:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.0
knts
Run: 135.1nm (244.5km)
Avg: 5.6knts
24hr: 135.1nm
5 59.718n 80 12.170e
Weather: 12kn SE, CC 4/8 (very light), SS 0.3-0.5 ESE

Just passing the historic port of Galle, where we visited on our shore tour. Beautiful day (although winds could be stronger please!). Night had a few challenges inc. v light following wind (so little apparent) and earlier a broken furler line through chafe (didn't have enough 8mm line to replace but rerove end.. Sadly we can only set half the furling genoa for now, but will be going old school with the hanked foresails shortly). Also heaps of boats at a Traffic Separation Scheme at S end of island, but all the big ones on AIS with just a few other fishing boats, fortunately all lit (after a fashion!). All's well aboard.tho forecast to lighten a lot over next 2 days so it will be slow :-( oh well, c'est la vie! (Dist covered 274nm, Noon-noon 142.2nm, DTF c. 365nm)


Fri Feb 15 19:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.4
knts
Run: 138.8nm (251.2km)
6 43.143n 82 1.824e
Weather: 8-10kn NE, CC 2/8, SS 1m E

After a fab visit to Sri Lanka we are now en route (started 0900 yesterday). A little uncomfortable for first 24hrs due to side swell but not too bad now.. Also had 1-1.8kn current against for most of time and a couple of rainy squalls to 26kn (as opposed to forecast 12kn!). Still, it's worth a 'price' well worth paying for heading to the lovely secure harbour in Trincomalee rather than Galle... Beautiful day now and shortly will be into positive current of up to 2kn, so all good now! Distance covered 133nm (118nm Noon-noon), DTF c. 528nm.


Mon Jan 28 23:23 2019 NZDT
Speed:
1
knts
Run: 126.5nm (229km)
Avg: 5.4knts
24hr: 129.8nm
8 33.839n 81 13.811e

Arrived safely in Trincomalee at around 1330 local time.... All the paperwork now completed (helped by obligatory agent, Sandeep from GAC Shipping, who did a great job and made it a painless process). I've just anchored and about to blow up dinghy, having left Sue on customs wharf ashore to hunt out currency and SIM cards! Mili's already seen more than Sri Lanka than I have so far! (1055km in total in 172.5hrs... Av 147nm/day or 6.1kn....That current helped a lot!)


Mon Jan 28 0:00 2019 NZDT
Speed:
5.5
knts
Run: 170.7nm (309km)
Avg: 7.1knts
24hr: 170.7nm
8 19.691n 83 03.938e
Weather: 6kn NE/NNE, CC 2/8 SS 0.5-1m ENE

Balmy day... Sea v benign and wind dropping to 6-12kn, shifting round to a beam reach... Choice! Also visited by first pod of dolphins in ages. Our friendly positive current has started to slacken and we've also slowed a bit more deliberately, to make sure we stay offshore and don't get too tied up with local fishing vessels over last night. ETA around lunchtime tomorrow. (944nm done, c. 103nm to go. Last 24hrs 149nm). All well aboard! This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using GMN's XGate software. Please be kind and keep your replies short.


So close - well done on another huge ocean-crossing leg.

Thanks Tim for continued interest, support and encouragement... A dream crossing really, apart from some minor discomfort and added 'fun' from the roll when trying to cook or wash up, or sleep.. Etc! You know what can be like! ;-)
Sun Jan 27 0:00 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.4
knts
Run: 189.9nm (343.7km)
Avg: 7.9knts
24hr: 189.9nm
7 45.941n 85 29.673e
Weather: 12kn NE, CC 1/8 SS 1.5-2m ENE easing

And... Ditto. Another good days run, in fine weather! ...Sea up and down (funny that, eh?).. Well, what I mean is it got up to 3m, but longer period than yesterday, so not too bad... Now eased off a lot and both wind and sea look likely be falling from here on in. For once the forecasts have been spot on! (795nm done, c. 252nm to go. Last 24hrs 166nm...current assisted of course!). All well aboard!


Sat Jan 26 0:00 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.0
knts
Run: 173.9nm (314.8km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.9nm
7 00.188n 88 09.392e
Weather: 12kn NE, CC 2/8 SS 2m ENE easing

Another good days run, in fine weather...Only one tanker and one fishing vessel sighted, so pretty quiet. Sea easing so, thankfully, it now feels a bit less like a Wurlitzer ride! Mili has learnt to use the Lee cloths and seems to like this cozy pozy as much as the hoomans.... Frankly cramped when you're in there too! (629nm done, c. 418nm to go. Last 24hrs 152nm). All well aboard!


Fri Jan 25 0:00 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.8
knts
Run: 349.8nm (633.1km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 174.9nm
6 27.805n 90 37.852e
Weather: 14kn ENE, CC 3/8 SS 1.5-2m E

Still in decent current and nice winds of 12-20kn... Hence a very good days run (for us!). (477nm done, c. 570nm to go. Last 24hrs 161nm). All well aboard! (PS forgot to change date on ydays position report from previous day, so may have looked a bit screwed up sorry)


Thanks Mum! X
Wed Jan 23 0:00 2019 NZDT
Speed:
8.0
knts
Run: 327.8nm (593.3km)
Avg: 12.3knts
24hr: 294.3nm
6 14.450n 93 17.271e
Weather: 17-21kn ESE, CC 5/8 (light) SS 1-1.5m ESE

Now well past the Nicobars, and into good strong current... A bit frisky occasionally where its opposed but great for most of the time. More shipping than expected (maybe the words Grand Passage on the chart should have been a hint?!).. but they're all on AIS, so no worries (316nm done, c. 725nm to go. Last 24hrs 148nm). All well aboard!


Wed Jan 23 0:00 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.0
knts
Run: 170.9nm (309.3km)
6 46.760n 95 42.970e
Weather: 5kn SSW, CC 3/8 SS 0.5m ESE

Going well, given light winds... We've aimed to pass S of the Nicobar Islands, as this will soon put us into a 1.5-2kn current all the way across the Bay of Bengal (or at least with 200nn of destination at Trincomalee). Already in well over 1kn...woop woop! (168nm done, c. 865nm to go. Last 24hrs 126nm). Wind should (hopefully!) pick up a bit tomorrow. All well aboard!


Just to say that we haven't forgotten about you and are still enjoying the YIT updates, so keep them coming ! 5knts over last 24 hrs in light winds not to be sniffed at. Best of luck for the rest of the crossing to SL and may those currents be with you !
Mon Jan 21 21:16 2019 NZDT
Speed:
4.0
knts
Run: 32.3nm (58.5km)
7 34.804n 97 52.261e
Weather: Wind 2-5kn variable, CC nil, SS 0.5m E

Off on the next leg, Sri Lanka or bust! ... Started at 10:00hrs this morning and now about 30nm out from Phuket. Wx in line with forecasts.. We maybe should have waited, as very light winds for next 2 days :-(. Still, the sun is shining and seas are calm, so can't complain too much!


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