11 April 2021 | 09 22.025'N:79 56.642'W, Shelter Bay Marina, Cristobel, Panama
11 April 2021 | 09 22.025'N:79 56.642'W, Shelter Bay Marina, Cristobel, Panama
09 April 2021 | 09 22.025'N:79 56.642'W, Shelter Bay Marina, Cristobel, Panama
08 April 2021 | 09 22.025'N:79 56.642'W, Shelter Bay Marina, Cristobel, Panama
07 April 2021 | 10 34.036'N:78 33.669'W,
05 April 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
05 April 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
04 April 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
15 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
14 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
14 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
12 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
11 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
11 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
11 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
08 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
07 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
07 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
05 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia
05 March 2021 | 10 24.394'N:75 32.692'W, Club de Pesca, Cartegena, Colombia

At sea to Colombia, day 3

25 February 2021 | 11 17.090'N:74 070'W, At Sea
NC
23rd February

11 17.090 N
74 47.070 W

Weather; sunny, wind 15 - 20 ESE, waves 6 Feet

MANY HAPPY RETURNS OF THE DAY BALLY, HOPE YOU HAVE FUN, FISH AND PLENTY OF G&TS.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY KAY, MOVED UP A NOTCH ON THE COVID VACCINATION PROGRAM TODAY!

From midnight we continued with our watches, managing to get enough sleep between us to keep us on our toes. Thank goodness the moon was almost full, it makes the night time sailing so much better when you can see what's going on around you, even when its nothing! We managed to sail for most of the day which was a feat in its self as the wind was coming from almost directly behind us for the better part of the day with occasional swings slightly to port and almost as quickly changing to slightly starboard making it difficult to know which side to have the main sail out to. We did gybe a couple of times to see if it had any effect on our sailing ability but as soon as we did the gybe we could lay bets that the wind direction would change once again. At various points in time we put out the Genoa to see if it would help us move along a bit faster but it had no great effect as the swell was hitting us from the side and slowing down whatever progress we were making by rolling us horribly from side to side. There really was nothing we could do but keep going and hope that it would change when we altered our direction a little later in the trip. A couple of times we started the engine up and motor sailed as our speed dropped below the magic 6 knots that would see us arriving in 4 days but as soon as the wind increased again we turned the motor off - it is a fine balance of wind versus motor power at times! We were making good time despite the constant rolling, averaging 6.5 knots with the occasional high of 8 knots. A couple of ships passed within 2 miles of us, but nothing for us to worry about. We both saw a heap of flying fish today - just after we had commented about how little sea life we had been seeing to this point! Gerry even put out the fishing line, of course we caught nothing! We have the fishing down to a fine art but we really need to get the catching stuff worked out now! It's a good job that I had prepared a few meals before setting off as we could just pull one out of the freezer each night and Zap it in the microwave and have a hot dinner, with the amount of rolling we were doing this was down to Gerry to cook up as I get quite nauseous if I have to go below and do stuff when the boat is bouncing around, thank goodness he doesn't suffer from sea sickness at all. We watched the sunsetting as normal and I went below at 7pm to try to sleep as Gerry was taking the first 3 hour watch. I was down for less than an hour when he yelled for me to come up as he needed to go out on deck, the wind had swung around and we needed to put the main across to the other side. Luckily it was still fairly light even though the sun had set, after adjusting the running backstays - which we can do from the cockpit, he donned the harness and crawled out to the bow to change the preventer over, as he did this and the main sheet became slack my job was to winch the main sheet as hard and fast as possible to move the boom across to the other side without letting it crash across - easier said than done! Gerry then moved the preventer across to the new side (I can't recall which side as we did this several times today) and fastened it off. Everything was then tightened down, Gerry returned to the cockpit and suggested I go back to bed - not a chance that I was going to get back to sleep so I stayed up and sent him below for an early watch change. Nothing of any importance happened for the rest of the evening / night up until midnight except that we altered course slightly and the wind began to pick up. Gerry had said at the start of this trip that the latter part of the trip would be ugly as there was quite a wind change forecast - we were starting to see this change as we approached midnight but we had also had the bonus of the swell now coming from behind us rather than from our side which was pushing us along a lot quicker. With luck we will only have one more day before we reach our destination of Cartagena, in Colombia.
Comments
Vessel Name: Opal of Queensland
Vessel Make/Model: Tayana 52AC
Hailing Port: Bundaberg
Crew: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
About: Motley mostly, especially the cat
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plenty of broken bits and things to fix in Colombia
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Wind indicator replacement
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leaving Port Louis marina, travelling to Spice Island Marine yard and hauling out to do the anti fouling
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The life and antics of Miss Priss aboard Opal
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Who: Nicky, Gerry and Priss
Port: Bundaberg