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While we’re on passage, I track our 24 hour progress from 7AM-7AM to try and keep things consistent. Yesterday’s 7AM Mileage Log was 607nm. At 7AM this morning it was 816nm.
Do the math and that is a 209nm day, averaging 8.71 knots! And that number completely obliterates our previous record of 187nm! And while we certainly won’t be challenging our friends on the Gunboats ‘Tribe’ or ‘Fault Tolerant’ anytime soon, I feel that 209nm is pretty damn respectable for our type of catamaran.
Sailing tactics is definitely an area where I still have a lot to learn, but I feel I called this one pretty well. Our weather forecasts were showing a shift from E winds to ENE winds, and knowing that we wanted to move a bit further north to try and avoid the typically nasty weather along the Colombian coast, we sailed wing on wing almost all day yesterday, staying further south than where I knew we wanted to end up.
Once the wind started it’s shift around 4AM yesterday, we changed to a deep broad reach to start heading north. From there it was a fortunate set of sailing conditions, with the Apparent Wind Speed hovering right around 15 all day (max sail according to our reef table), waves consistently on our aft quarter but not so big that we had huge surfs (slowing us down as the waves pass under us) and a current that appeared to actually be helping us for a change.
And the cherry on top of our new record is that we did it completely under mainsail and genoa (and no engines!) since our spinnaker ripped AGAIN when we launched it on Friday. (For those keeping track at home, that’s twice it’s ripped in the 4 times we’ve flown it. Not a great success record.) Once we get it fixed, AGAIN, maybe that will be the secret to launching an assault at an even faster record.
For now, it’s back to slower sailing as the winds are forecasted to die out a bit, but I’ll just keep basking in the glow of 209nm!