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Rolex Sydney to Hobart
26 / 05 / 2005 ]
a really slow start in light headwinds, the first 2
days have b een really patchy variable winds shifting
right round the clock, we have seen between 2 and 15
knots for the first 24 hours.
Everything is going well and Mari-Cha has been within
a couple of miles for about 36 hours. Web passed a fishing
trawler on night 1 within 50 meters, pretty crazy for
out at sea but plenty of them around on the first night.
We've headed quite far south to find the favourable
southerlies and came into the breeze at about 10am on
the 24th. Started with 20-25 knots with full main and
fractional kite and gradually dropped back to 3 reefs
and staysail with gusts over 40 knots. Speeds are regularly
in the 25 - 30 range with top speed recorded of 32.5
knots and plenty of 30s and 31s, crew han ging on, but
good fun sailing.
deck its like standing in front of a fire hydrant, all
our clothes are soaked through with spray everywhere.
The breeze has dropped back to 15 knots now and we are
heading along at 13-14knots with 2 reefs and a no.3.
Expecting 35 knots on the nose for a day tomorrow then
hopefully back into some reaching. Everyone is well
and getting some rest while the conditions allow.