Update from the Coral Sea

We are three days and a few hours out of New Caledonia. The winds have been excellent, although a bit too strong at times. The seas were large and confused during days 2 and 3, making it a bit uncomfortable. The seas are well down now and should remain that way.

We made such good time during the past 3 days, that we have reduced sail in an effort to slow down so that we do not get to the entrance of Moreton Bay before sunrise on Thursday. We have some current pushing us along so it is hard to slow the boat down. We have no main up, and reefs in the small jib and mizzen and we are still doing 7 knots.

Our current position is

South 25 degrees 24.85 minutes
East 157 degrees 20.62 minutes

at 0300 UTC, 20 October.

Laura moderates an SSB net with six other boats (Priscilla, Harmonie, Memphis, Wombat of Sydney, Morning Light, and Marnie). All of these boats left Noumea within a few hours of Sabbatical III and all, save Wombat, are headed to Brisbane. An hour ago Harmonie appeared in the distance off of our starboard quarter. She is an Amel Super Maramu identical to Sabbatical III.

We should be at the Rivergate Marina in Brisbane by noon Thursday, local time.


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