Slow, slow … – Day 3

As the wind decreased yesterday late afternoon, we poled out the genoa to goosewing and get a better angle to head NW for Tonga. Sails were set for the night – or so we thought! A wind shift at supper time (why always then?!) had us on deck furling the genoa, stowing the pole and flying the genoa to windward. That was after Bob had dealt with a minor generator problem – it wouldn’t start!
Then the wind died totally and sails were flogging. The answer was to furl the genoa, drop the main and start motoring. This at 2 am!

The rest of the night was cold but as peaceful as it could be with the purr of the engine in our ears. Today we felt the welcome warmth of the sun and have shorts & T-shirts at the ready for tomorrow.

Getting to grips with our newly installed Raymarine chartplotter/radar is exciting and keeping us occupied. But of course we’re continuing to run the charting system we’re used to in parallel until we’re fully au fait with the new gismo! The digital radar is superb for picking up squalls in glorious Technicolor – rather like changing from b/w TV to colour (pix to follow).

Distance run: a measly 114 nm
According to the latest forecast, we should be sailing again in 24 hours’ time instead of wallowing…
More reports to follow.

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