Friday, February 20, 2015

Out of the Bay of Bengal and into the Laccadive Sea

Yesterday turned out to be a kick-ass sail and we saw up to 27 knots out of the North. With the genoa poled out to starboard and the main prevented hard to port, we scandalized the mizzen to reduce the rolling. The sun was out, it was hot and only a minimal amount of boat traffic. From time to time a fishing boat will approach us but they're usually friendly with much whistling at Ruthie. They always ask where we're from, apparently our country flag flying from the top of the mizzen mast isn't enough of a clue.

We have now cleared Sri Lanka and we're heading almost due west. For security purposes, I'm deliberately going to omit our destination and current location (the one at the bottom of the post is wrong). The seas are flat calm and there's very little wind. It's hot as we're only a few degrees from the equator. Our provisions are holding up well and the huge bunch of bananas we bought are being whittled down, hopefully yielding enough over-ripe ones for a batch or two of banana nut muffins.

This is my bell ringing. All is well on board.
At 2/15/2015 7:14 AM (utc) Rutea's position was 08°33.78'N 081°13.70'E

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