Michael and Susan left Florida in 2007 aboard their Westsail 43 INFINI to fullfill a dream of full time cruising.
Mar 23 - Maagefuttaa Island, North Huvadhoo Atoll
Pos: N00deg51.147min/ E073deg10.957min We departed Boduhuraa in the late afternoon, deciding on an "all-nighter" to cross the One and a Half Degree Channel. Our reasoning was that, with the East setting current, we could make an average speed of 3 knots and still make a daytime entry for the 60 some mile passage to Maagefuttaa. Leaving at 0400 would necessitate making significant speed across the Channel to arrive in the late afternoon. Wind was NW, varying from 3-10 knots; our boat speed stayed 3-4 knots as we reefed down or put out more sail depending on the wind, with the exception of a few hours we had to motor when the winds pretty much died to nothing and we had no steerage, thus allowing that current to set us off towards Missouri. We arrived at the channel into the atoll at 0700 and the reefs were easily delineated. Our anchorage is in 20' of sand just before the reef, and we're happy to have had a beautiful night sail here along with good weather. This spot is away from the town and has several small islands with coconut palms on them and sandy beaches nearby. We may stay a while. Pic: A shot of our nav computer. Open CPN using CM93 charts. We're crabbing along.