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11/12 - 08h50

Morning Message From Miranda Merron

Late afternoon, breeze aound 22 - 25 knots, sometimes a bit more. Sea state groing, some quite big waves, excellent driving conditions. But not so, alas, for the autopilot.

Not it's faul - it can't read the waves. But one particularly good one, quite steep, and the bow pointing downhill, doing 17 knots, nearly ended in disaster as the boat slewed perilously close to a Chinese gybe (involuntary manoeuvre resulting in sails on wrong side - very messy). Not wishing to spend days with the spinnaker wrapped around the forestay, I decided to put up the gennaker. Not fast, lost miles, but not as many as the aforementioned scenario.

Other than that, a new noise out here - the sound of flying fish hitting the boat, mostly flip-flapping there way back into the sea if the impact wasn't too violent.

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