Friday, May 11, 2012
Well we are having to deal with what the Southern Indian Ocean is throwing at us, 3 meter waves and winds in the 20 knot range with gusts up to 28. We are down to a triple reefed main and our storm staysail so very little sail out and still going 6.5 to 7 knots. If we go all out we could make landfall in Rodriguez tomorrow at dusk but Barry is worried about stressing the boat so we will probably be about 10 miles out at nightfall, D@#*! It would be nice not to have to spend another night at sea in big waves, close to land and possibly fish boats. We had a scare yesterday when our staysail stay came loose. The pin had come out and bent the deck fitting. We took down the staysail and Barry managed to fix it with a long bolt through the crooked piece of stainless steel. It seems to be holding out quite well. I am nibbling on a piece of chocolate, we have managed to stretch it out and we have about 6 squares left for tomorrow night. We ate the last of the canned fruit today, the only cans we have left are tomatoes, kidney beans, corn, a couple tins of soup and some tuna. It would have been pretty slim pickings if we had stayed another 2 weeks in Chagos. I think I had calculated for a month stay and forgot about the 3 weeks plus of sailing we had to do from Sri Lanka to Rodriguez. I am thinking mangoes, bananas, fresh tomatoes, lettuce and ice cream, YUMMMMM!