We're slightly more than halfway across the Arafura Sea, having left Alcaro Bay near Cape Don last night at 2330. Once we left the wind shadow of Australia, the wind built to 20+ knots and has been consistently blowing between 20 and 25 ever since. That's good but Rutea is making too good time so we've had to furl our genoa and deploy our staysail instead in an effort to slow us down. We don't want to arrive in Saumlaki in the dark (we never want to arrive in any strange port in the dark) as we have been warned of unlit boats and FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices, ie, fish traps). With this brisk wind also comes larger seas and that's made the passage a bit uncomfortable - none of us have felt well.
With less than 90 miles to go, we're all glad that we'll be arriving in Indonesia just after sun up tomorrow.
At 7/28/2013 8:20 AM (utc) Rutea's position was 11°17.00'S 131°47.73'E
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