RTW Day 85 - to Capes of Good Hope/Agulhas -

Monday 14th January, 2013

11am Regular job of clearing up in the galley - have to wipe everything dry after washing - in the cold , damp air they just don't dry if left and when we're rolling about in the present big seas, it's best if they're stowed away anyway. Good to have a 'bumstrap' to hold me safely while working in the galley - keeps me secure when the boat is moving about so much if I lean out against it. Motion now is more than earlier this morning when the seas seemed to have lain down a fair bit.

2.30pm Lovely sunshine after very grey clouds first thing this morning - still a lot of rolling... Solitary Cape Petrel is back, also a storm petrel (Black-bellied!) and a prion..

Enjoyed a couple of mandarins - was delighted to find both were fine - the previous three I tried last week had gone completely.

6pm Dull, overcast sky, slight rain, wind up slightly and veered to WNW. Changed course more to E.

10pm Hove to... Wind increased significantly as darkness was falling, with heavy rain, ...making over 7kt and surfing with each wave.... just not feeling comfortable ... Night coming on, so decided to stop so I could relax overnight... Heard from Bill, KI4MMZ, later: Cold Front passing over here now...Reason for strong wind & rain - I wasn't expecting that although I did wonder when wind went NW as it often does before a front!!

24hr DMG at 8pm 'new' local time (Buenos Aires time!) (2300GMT ): 129 n.ml. Cape Horn 745 n.ml. away (SW). E. Falkland: 352 n.ml. (WSW), S. Georgia: 440 n.ml. (SE).
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For my positions, see:
www.svnereida.com - 'Travels' - "Where is 'Nereida'?"
http://www.exactearth.com/media-centre/recent-ship-tracks/tracking-nereida/http://oceantracker.net?event=nereida

Written by : Mike

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