Day 221, Year 5 Passage to Madagascar, Day 2
Date: Friday, June 4, 2010
Weather: Sunny Day; Winds SE 15-20 Knots
Latitude: 06 degrees 35.059 minutes S
Longitude: 069 degrees 05.950 minutes E
Miles to Go: 1,251
Things are slowing down a bit, but we did 163 miles in our first 24 hours with an average speed of 6.8 knots. We don’t know for sure if that is a record for Windbird, but we think maybe it is. The seas are still 2-3 meters and the wind is coming from the aft quarter, so it is not a totally smooth ride. But it is certainly comfortable enough. There were clouds during the night and early this morning, but those went away and we have had another beautiful, sunny day. We thought we were all alone out here except for Constance, but about 2:30 this afternoon a huge freighter passed about two miles to starboard. We didn’t even see it until it was well behind us. We were both sitting in the cockpit working on our computers finishing up the synchronization of our address books. We won’t be doing that again as it is too easy to get engrossed in what you are doing and forget to look about. So only one person on a computer at a time!