RTW Day 203: South Pacific- drifting backwards overnight but good winds over day

Sunday 12th May 2013
3am Woken by heavy rain and boat heeling (having slept through all evening radio sked-forgot to set alarm). Sails were aback, boat was going SW at 2-3 knots. Winds soon died and for next 4 hours, despite all my efforts, we drifted SW in little or no winds-we lost 6 miles before a gentle E wind arrived at 7am.
Good sailing over daytime, NNE at 3-5 knots, with skies clearing to leave band of rain and clouds behind by 4pm when a pod of dolphins came by. A noddy tried to land on solar panels near sunset- finally made it to aerial support. Later, as I took in the washing from the preventer beneath the boom at 10pm, I noticed the noddy hovering over head- maybe it had lost its footing as we bumped around in the swell-not possible to land in darkness. Lovely starry night with ESE winds...making NE at 5 knots.
24hr DMG to 2300 GMT: 34 n.ml. (Ugh !!!) Strait of Juan de Fuca: 4408 n.ml.

From KC2IOVmm By HF radio. Copied by Jim, WB2REM

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For my positions and track, see:
www.svnereida.com - 'Travels' - "Where is 'Nereida'?"
and/or:
http://www.exactearth.com/media-centre/recent-ship-tracks/tracking-nereida/

Written by : Mike

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