Just enough wind now to sail, so we’ve put everything up. Making 5.5 to 6 knots in 8 to 10 knots on the beam. Took the opportunity to check engine raw water cooling inlet strainer. Almost completely clogged with organic matter from the green pea soup we’ve had for most of the Red Sea so far.
Position 14° 00.995′ N 42° 16.826′ E
Picked up a black plastic rubbish bag on the propeller. Tried to shake it off by going astern but just succeeded in shaking the rubbish out. So a quick snorkel in the green pea soup of organic material that is responsible for the brilliant blue bioluminescence at night.
Position 13° 57.558′ N 42° 19.945′ E
This one a little bigger than yesterday’s. Ok, I’d like a mackerel now, please!
Position 13° 45.513′ N 42° 30.823′ E
Another milestone done, we have now left the Internationally Recognised Transit Corridor (IRTC) to the north. In theory the piracy high risk area is behind us.
Position 13° 41.115′ N 42° 35.131′ E