Author: Chris O'Reilly
Location: Underway to Cocos Keeling in the Indian Ocean
This morning was spent prepping the boat for our 11 am departure for Cocos Keeling. We woke up early for a boat appreciation around 6:30 to get a good hour in before breakfast. After pancakes we had our boat prep (more chafe gear for the sails, more grip tape on the decks for the swells we are predicting, and some never ending rust busting). The clean up went smooth, we were underway around 11. The swells weren't too big, and we cruised most of the day between 8.5 and 9.5 knots and we are expecting to reach Cocos early. We are all in good spirits with our stock piles of personal provisions that we were able to make on Christmas (chocolate, crackers, skittles, etc.) and it should be a great trip now that we know what we are doing (for the most part). With almost a month under our belts and upwards of 2,000 miles at sea, we have come to love our time in between ports and cherish the peace that is found with the endless rocking of the sea and a horizon line that only changes with the rising and falling of the sun. I have to say good work to my watch team (Sam, Leah, Lindsay, Chancy, Gaylin, Francis, and myself) for setting the new top speed of the voyage to 10.7 knots.