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Day 31/32 (11 Feb) – One More Night (3 more sleeps)

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Less than 300 miles to go! So says the techie instrument on board. That makes it 34 hours to Singapore if we keep our average speed at 9 knots per hour, putting us at a late afternoon arrival into the marina.

After 30 odd days out at sea, the knowledge that I am sailing home is truly exhilarating!

With less than 300 miles to go, Singapore no longer seemed like the mythical place it appeared to be a week ago. I conjured my final stash of sweets last night, surprising everyone on how I had managed to ‘preserve’ them since Brisbane a month ago.

Since we are a few days away from port and racing has ceased, the most “productive” crew of mission performance have been doing deep clean *inserts groan* on the tunnels (bunks), saloon (dining area) and galley (kitchen) once again. It is not funny how ridiculously quick that much ‘crap’ gets accumulated after a week at sea.
I swear the boat generates its own shit just to make us clean harder, an effective way to keep the crew busy all day long.

KC out
counting down the hours

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Day 30 (10 Feb) – Approaching Final Waypoint

selfies are the "in" thing
selfies are the “in” thing

Came on watch at 6am today. Was navigating the last 4 miles to the waypoint before steering slightly SouthWest directly to Singapore.

At the moment, we have about 686 miles to go. We were motoring at 8.5 knots, hoisted the mainsail, Yankee and staysail which gave us about 10 odd knots which is good. Until they decided to cut the engine!!! What the heck!! Now we are going at 6.5-7 knots which translates to 98-69=29 hours!!

I don’t understand why we can’t just motorsail at best speed to Singapore! Really do want to get home sooner than later.

On a separate note, it was my first time coming across Oil Rigs (OR) in the night. The ORs, flooded with lights, lit the sky from where it stood, looking like gigantic Christmas trees in the sea. Too bad I couldn’t take any photos.
Low light + moving boat = Very extremely ridiculously blur photos

KC signing off