The winds are much lighter than we'd like. It takes a fair amount of wind pressure to move a 40,000-pound boat through the water at any decent speed. It's a good thing that we've got all the time in the world! Other than the light winds, the temperatures are warm (the water is over 80 degrees but we haven't been swimming yet) and the skies are partly cloudy. The ocean water is a dark blue with about a six-foot swell that can sometimes roll Rutea pretty well.
I've finally got our new autopilot figured out and it's working great, even if it does consume a lot of power. It's a lot more complex than our old one but it has some great features. All the rest of Rutea's systems are working as they should. After spending so many years of coastal cruising, I'm finding this a real treat to be really sailing - without an engine - for over a week now. This is a dream-come-true for me.
I hope you are all doing great.
At 3/29/2011 5:13 PM (utc) Rutea's position was 12°20.05'N 118°13.92'W
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