Monday, 23 May 2016
First day of Our 2000 Mile Crossing
We got away at 8 am on Sunday May 22 and followed our ingoing track past all the reefs with the morning sun at our backs. Once underway we had 12 to 17 knot winds from the east. No Regrets wanted to head straight west to miss a zone of no wind they could see on the GRIB files. We were unable to sail directly east so settled on the rheum line to Rodriguez. We had a great day of sailing covering 143 nautical miles in the first 24 hours. This morning we were able to put up our spinnaker and sail directly west. The wind has decreased to 10 to 12 knots and we currently have a very comfortable ride compared to the rolly ride we had yesterday. The waves have decreased significantly and the spinnaker smooths out the ride as well as it pulls us along. It seems very strange finding shade on the south side of trees etc. Being from the northern hemisphere I am used to seeking shade on the north side of trees and buildings, etc.