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This is the blog of Maunie of Ardwall. After a six-year adventure sailing from Dartmouth to Australia, we are now back in Britain.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

110 miles to San Blas - and what a difference a (decent) night makes

Spirits are high on board Maunie this morning thanks to some really good sleep at last. Yesterday evening the wind backed round to the NNE so we were able to reach (with the wind from our side rather than from dead behind) – and this mean that the boat was a lot more stable our bunk was an oasis of calm.
We are now just 110 miles from our destination and are in the unfamiliar position of trying to slow down. The islands ahead are tiny, surrounded by reefs and have no navigation lights so it's absolutely vital that we arrive in daylight. As a result we need to keep our speed below about 5.5 knots to get there after first light tomorrow (Wednesday) so we are reefed down as though ready for a gale when we only have a nice Force 5 to god-news text to contend with.
We had a good news text on the sat phone from Matt & Charlotte on Gallinago – the have fixed their gearbox and are on their way. They will head directly for San Blas so we hope that they will arrive when we are still in the islands (if not we'll rendevous in Panama). It'll be great to see them again and they must be very relieved to be sailing after so much time (nearly a month) in Grenada trying to resolve the problem.

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