Day 3 was a much better day! The winds clocked to SW and so the ride was much smoother. We were sailing along still at 8+ knots, and it is warmer. Still no shorts weather though.
I made up a hearty breakfast, and Matt and I ate well. Karen was still sleeping. We made our reports and found we were making better speeds than most of the others in our radio net. We had gained 70+ miles on s/v Dignity in the last 24 hours (who left a day earlier than us, on Friday of 13th – hmmm).
Mid-afternoon we had the winds almost to the south and expected to clock to SSE. So, we raised the spinnaker. What a beautiful sail! And the ride was even smoother. You couldn’t even tell we were making 9kts and surfing to 11-12 at time! But, the winds had been easing all afternoon, and by 8PM had dropped to 12-14 knots. On the radio net, we had closed the gap with s/v Dignity to 39nm. Wow!
By 9PM the winds were down to about 10-11. We were only making 5-6 knots at that point. But, with a full moon out, we continued to sail until about 1 AM. The winds had died to 8 knots and we were making 4-5 knots. So, the iron jenny came on and we dropped the spinnaker. We may end up motoring, and motor-sailing, all day to catch up to the next wind bands. Otherwise we would lose 36 hours just barely moving before we got some stronger winds.
Position report is on the map.