Some unsettled weather and cloud to the south has reinforced the NE breeze, gusting up to 25 knots at times. Sea state is lumpy up to 1.5m on the beam. Progressively shortened sail until we had 3 reefs in main and only 25 percent headsail showing at 2300. Still doing 8 knots in the gusts and then wallowing/rolling at 5.5 knots in between.
Position 12° 48.024′ N 65° 29.921′ E
Back to sailing after 4 hours of motor-sailing. Total motoring since Cochin 28 hours (or 84 litres @ 3 litres/hour) so doing much better than anticipated on the diesel front. True wind is now well and truly abaft the beam, around 100 degrees at 10-12 knots. With the south setting current and our forward speed we have an apparent angle of 70-80 degrees, Very comfortable. Still making 6 to 7 knots over the ground and keeping ahead of our PredictWind weather route.
Position 12° 35.646′ N 67° 06.802′ E
Wind has veered to NNE and eased to about 10 knots Sea state is calm with a northerly swell of less than half a meter. Also have about a knot of south setting current pushing us south and slowing us by about half a knot. Batteries at -321Ah, so motor sailing to charge batteries. Peaceful night was had by all, sailing under a 60% waxing moon. Greatest challenge during watch is to stay awake! Sunrise is noticeably later now (around 7:30) so we’ll turn back the clocks to UTC+5:00 today.
Position 12° 30.620′ N 67° 33.235′ E
Engine 138.0 h