If I had a dollar for every time I've tucked a reef in our mainsail, I wouldn't be rich but I would have a lot of dollars. The reef I had to tuck in this morning at 0300 was routine in every way with the exception of it being the first time I had tucked a reef in this particular sail. The longer kringles and the loose-foot created new issues that I hadn't dealt with before and it makes for an interesting learning curve when you're trying to perform a new task on a pitching deck. With our old main I could tuck a reef in (or shake one out) in less than a few minutes. I didn't time myself this morning but it was an exponential factor.
The wind has been very steady at 16-18 knots and the seas are less than 2 meters - nearly ideal conditions. The overcast skies help to keep it cooler but deny our solar panels the energy they need. Embarrassingly, our genset run time is stratospheric.
We are not quite to our halfway mark for this passage but we'll reach it later today. If the wind holds up - and we expect it will - we should pull into Trincomalee, Sri Lanka, sometime late Thursday.
All is well on board.
At 1/26/2015 1:18 AM (utc) Rutea's position was 06°58.90'N 091°04.18'E
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