19 October 2017 | 325 Miles SE of St. Helena
7:00pm Thursday 19th October 2017 ( UTC ) The wind has been dead astern all day and sometimes in the occasional squalls it looked like the autopilot might be overpowered but it hung on for those precious few moments and back to surging down the waves. With a wind speed of between 18 and 22 knots L'Eau Commotion is often slicing along at 12 to 14 knots. The electric water pump for the galley has been having a few hiccups and today of all days it refused its duty outright; not a big problem as I have plenty of containers of fresh water and also a spare pump, be it with different fittings. The trouble was I had to take a lot of gear out of the port cockpit locker and then get in when the surging became most noticeable. As luck would have it it was just an electrical connection and a small leak on the suction side, both easily remedied, and setting aside those few hours a great and often exhilarating day was had. The sail combination remains unchanged of asymmetrical to Starboard, sheeted to the boom and the jib poled ou t to Port.