The equator looms!

The winds came after my last update, so I left it double reefed after all!

I set my alarm for two hours with the intent to get some shut eye and re-hoist sail after it passed.

I used Leonard Cohen as a relaxant against the noise and drifted off.

The next thing I knew the sun was peeping through the cabin windows. I’d slept all night and ran double reefed all that time. The wind must have been reasonable as I still averaged 5 knots, so I lost 10 or 15 miles at best. It was nice in a way, I think it’s been a few weeks since I’ve slept through the night. I still managed 130 miles in total!

There was a little mishap today, the starboard pulley eyelet for the steering control lines snapped.

I left the old screws in situ and drilled new holes for a beefier eyelet and heavier screws. I’ve been doing a lot of sailing at 60 degrees off the waves, which puts a reasonable amount of work onto these lines as they stop the boat skewing off course as each wave comes through.

Interestingly, she held a pretty good course with the tiller lashed marginally to weather, while I worked on the steering lines. So the sails were reasonably balanced! It’s good to know that I’m not entirely dependent on the vane to make progress without being at the tiller.

Otherwise, the equator looms! 170 miles north! However, I’m on a relative course of 20 degrees, so it will be closer to 185 miles.

Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, I’ve consumed all my cheap alcohol, so it looks like Neptune won’t be cheated.

Latitude: -2.827, Longitude: -128.877, Time: 05:09:28 06-06-2018 UTC