960 Nautical Miles Sailed
148 Nautical Miles To Go
Course 283 degrees
Speed 6.9 knots
Ley has read 5 books (!)
Last night the winds finally lifted a little and moved more to the north.
Crystal Blues finally had "a bone in her teeth", with the apparent wind at 75 degrees to starboard, 9 knots true, and we were skating along in the dark at 6 to 7 knots, flying the mainsail, genoa and staysail.
Honestly, I'd fly more sails if we had them, as we're keen to make landfall, but the big MPS became hopelessly jammed in its snuffer two days ago, and we need to sort it out on land.
I was a little reticent to bring out the camera and photograph them, until I saw one of them was photographing us ! After that it was a bit of riot as they played stupid games on top of the wheelhouse, all this in a very rolly sea that has us moving around very cautiously. These Sri Lankan fisherman have a great sense of humour.
We've moved through a couple of time zones now, putting the clocks back another hour yesterday just so the sun would set "at the proper time". So our local time is now UTC minus 6 hrs. Each evening we participate in a loosely organised radio network for vessels crossing the Indian Ocean. The Jupiter Net provides a facility for emergency radio relay, position reporting and general discussion. High Frequency radio conditions out here are not great, but the reporting and conversations are welcome. We look forward to joining some of the other boats in Sri Lanka and points further south.
Right now the wind has decided to retreat again, swinging behind us and reducing in strength until its just a frustrating little breeze, so the engine is back on. We hope it comes back soon.
Our position is clear at : http://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/CrystalBlues