...AND I PRAYED(continued)
16 September 2010 | Solidly in the Coral Sea - on the way to Australia
Last night found me quite concerned for, as I wrote yesterday, the wind simply disappeared. In an effort not to be pushed back the way we had just come, I turned on the engine and motored through most of the night. But, I did so not with any great ease of mind for I had noticed that Shearwater was making about half the usual speed at a given 1400 RPMs - CURRENTS!. This suddenly reduced my fuel's potential by half therefore bringing up the spectre, once again, of running out of precious fuel.
But the morning came in its usual lovely way out here and with it...wind! Not the correct wind (it was coming from the west)but wind! However, as the day unfolded, the wind most graciously backed into the south. And now, as another stunning sunset unfolds on Shearwater's bow, firmly facing west, I am thankful for prayers answered.
PS. Unbelievably, when I began this writing 30 minutes ago, the wind was as described. Guess what? In that short span the wind has just died from 12-14 knots to 4-5 Ah! the sea.....that whiskey-averse god?.....I spoke too early!
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