Thursday, December 23, 2010
Two Important Things Happened Today
The other important thing to happen today was we were able to shut down the engine and sail. Up to this time, we've had to motor because either the wind was too light or it was coming from the direction we were trying to head. Today, though, the wind had picked up to about 20 knots from the northwest and with the main already hoisted, I unfurled the genoa. We ran wing-on-wing for several hours straight and it was glorious - I hand-steered the whole time which we almost never do as the autopilot does a better job and doesn't complain as much.
Tomorrow we head for Abreojos and we'll likely be out of internet range for a while but I'll still try to post something. Right now, here in Asuncion, there's a seal that's trying to get on board Rutea. Nothing I do seems to discourage it. Let me know if you have any ideas.
Merry Christmas to all!