A Pleasant Day
17 November 2019 | 550 Miles Due East Of Peninsula Valdez, Argentina
Day 163 Sunday 17th November 2019 ( UTC-3 )
By 7pm last night a gentle breeze came up and full sail was set till 11pm when it was decided to put two reefs in the main and the storm staysail. Things eased off so back with all sail at 3am. As the early dawn broke the wind eased off to such an extent that the surface of the sea was like glass with not the slightest ripple but somewhere above a zephyr was wafting us along at an incredible two to three knots. Of course the wind vane was totally ineffective but the autopilot handled it beautifully only taking a sip now and then of the ample amps supplied due to the perfectly clear air. With both panels put out the desal was run for five hours and at the same time the batteries are fresh as. A little troubling over the last few days was I was unable to start the main so in the ideal flat calm the suspect main switch nominal 600 amps with Off, 1, 1+2, and 2 was disassembled and an extra washer was put behind the spring to take up the wear and all seems good again. We are steaming along now at 6 to 7 knots in a moderate Nor'Wester which is not expected to get too strong.