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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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Sunday
Nov232008

The wind is back

 

We have found the wind again and are back up to 6.5 / 7 knots of boat speed, which is great after the last two days of low speed. We

have a little more sun shine today that is giving us 50amp of charge with our solar panels.

I had my first taste of warm clear blue water yesterday when I went for a dive to check the rudders.

Emmanuelle baked some banana bread yesterday to use up the softer bananas. It was a great success and went down well.

Our current position is 24deg 15,37'S and 1deg 54,0'E which is just over 1000NM from Cape Town.

 

Saturday
Nov222008

Nuit noire dehors

Nuit noire dehors. C’est la fin de mon quart. Il est 3h20. Impressionnant comme ce noir est profond.

Deuxieme jour sans vent.

Alors que nous etions effrayes par des grands vents de plus de 25 nds au depart, nous sommes maintenant dans l’attente d’un souffle qui nous ferait avancer un peu plus vite que les 4-5 nds qui sont notre quotidien depuis 2jours.

Nous en profitons alors pour faire tout ce plaisancier doit faire: on apprecie les couleurs du paysage, on recherche le signe d’une vie marine (elle aussi est bien trop rare), on joue aux cartes et on regarde des films tous ensembles (quoique cela n’est pas une activite si habituelle a bord d’un voilier!).

Aujourd’hui, Greg est alle plonger sous les coques. Il voulait verifier si l’axe des derives n’avait rien (il faut dire qu’il y a un fort grincement ds la cabine arriere tribord et je pense que cela empeche Clea d’avoir un bon sommeil reparateur). Alors multiples precautions: les voiles sont rangees, les moteurs prets, au point mort (pour m’aider a aller chercher Greg au cas ou il y ait un probleme! Ca fait plaisir a entendre!), une corde autour de sa taille. Combinaison passee et coup d’oeil rapide. Petite plongee de 3 min pour rassurer Greg sur l’etat de ses axes. Tout va bien et la visibilite est vraiment tres bonne.

Premier repas dehors dans le cockpit. La mer est vraiment calme et nous avons envie de nous retrouver autour d’une table et non plus de manger assis par terre ou sur le canapé lit. Quelle belle vue de cette terrasse!

Nous attendons egalement des temperatures un peu plus clementes et un beau ciel bleu. Nous remontons vers le nord mais ne constatons pas encore les changements climatiques characteristiques.

Saturday
Nov222008

Fishing!

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.

Friday
Nov212008

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.

 

Wednesday
Nov192008

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.