For no good reason, we were up early and Mark and Wendy came to Rutea for a light breakfast and good-byes. We did a pretty good job of keeping a stiff upper lip though mine trembled just a bit. At 1030 hours, we pulled up the anchor and headed out the bay. Winds were light and the seas a little choppy but it was only a couple of hours before we were able to cut the engine and sail. Around 1500, I tucked a reef into the main and about 1800 tucked a second one. We're now flying along at 7.5 knots with occasional bursts to 8.5. The wind is on our beam so it is a little rolly but I'm not complaining though it does make it a little difficult to type.
Only 2,621 miles to go.
At 3/23/2011 2:45 PM (utc) Rutea's position was 20°45.95'N 105°31.21'W
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