April 24 Day 3, Enroute to Australia

Date: 24-04-12
Time UTC: 1200
Lat/Long: S29deg48min/E169deg14min
Course: 320T
Speed: 6kn
Wind: NE; 14-18kn
Sails: 2nd reef main/ 3/4 genoa
Seas: NE; 6'
Cloud cover: 10%; sunny
Barometer: 1015
Day 3 miles: 154
Avg speed: 6.4 kn
We've had another nice day sailing. Last night bought a few squalls, with winds to 29 knots, but they passed quickly. At sunset we had a few minutes of excitement when the new padeye on the boom, to which the 2nd reef line for the main attached, broke under load. At the same time, we were getting the pole down for changing wind conditions when the jaw stuck closed and wouldn't release the genoa sheet; the furling line around the Profurl drum jammed, and the AIS unit went off signaling a ship in our patch of the Tasman Sea. It was a bit of a run around for a few minutes as we sorted everything out, which we were, I'm happy to report, able to do just as the sun settled in the western sky. Always nice to do these things in the daylight. Today has been sunny skies and just a beautiful day sailing.

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