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    Merlin's voyage
    by Emmanuelle A Buecher-Hall

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    Le voyage de Merlin (French Edition)
    by Emmanuelle A Buecher-Hall

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We have had a slower day today as the wind has dropped off and are now motoring. We hope that it will return in the morning.

This afternoon was our first attempt at fishing which the kids enjoyed, although no fish found our bait. An albatros came past so we decided not to leave the lines out.

Our current position is 26deg 48,53'S and 3deg 11,55'E.


The problems with sails...

We did not have such a good day today as we blew our asymmetrical spinnaker. The wind was 15-20 knots, but the sea was a little bumpy. This means that our down wind sailing will be a little slower from here on. I don't think that the asymetrical sails were designed for the dead downwind sailing that we were doing. Our main sail got a minor tear in it on the luff, but we have patched it and can continue using it.

Our progress is still good as we are on 574 NM and doing about 7 knots with a small genoa and 3 reefs in the main. The wind is about 27 knots from behind. Our current position is 29deg 56.73'S and 7deg 35.10'E.

Our meals are getting a little more elabourate each day. We had a great fruit salid for lunch.

The kids are well and settling into sailing life. Victor made a really cool lego boat today and Felix was out helping me put in a reef.



A great day

We have had a great day today. Everyone is feeling better and we had a fast day with the spinnaker this afternoon. We have currently got 30 knots from the south and large sea so we only have a small jib and three reefs. With this little sail we are still doing 7.5 knots.

Our current position is 30deg 43.76'S and 10deg 04.43'E, which means that we have done 442NM so far.


Watermaker scare

We are having a good time so far, dispite the few "mal de mer". We are making good progress with a normal speed of 8 knots. We have 2 reefs and a full genoa at the moment and have a good Southerly wind, long may it last!

A valve on the watermaker failed which filled up one of the bigles. This was quite a scare for us, but we were easily able to clear it and replace the valve.

Our AIS system and autohelm is working very well and is making sailing the boat a real pleasure.

Our current position is 32deg 15,9'S and 14deg 08,75'E.


Gregory and family



Hello every body!

We are getting ready ...nearly there! We are planning to set sail in few days...

First stop: St Helena!!!

Stay in touch. We'll be very happy to have some of your news regularly.

We'll try to keep posted as often as possible

All the best,

Merlin's crew: Gregory, Emmanuelle, Victor, Felix, Clea and Anne-Dominique

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