I had a 12 hour sailing day in almost a straight line on a deep reach with perfect 15 knot NW wind conditions and no rain. I didn't use my genoa because of the direction of the wind but used my staysail instead with the main sail and was able to get overall average 5.5 knots speed over ground (SOG.) No sun however so I was struggling with power consumption and even curtailed my music listening (horror of horrors.) I also ran the engine in idle out of gear for an hour or so to get back up to full charge. That's a first for me and I'm not sure what is going on. Whether or not the batteries got effected by the cold weather over winter or whether they just didn't like sitting around for 9 months idle. I will check their acid levels tomorrow morning before I set out. It is quite difficult to see down into the battery caps because of the cramped placement of them in the engine bay.
The cell coverage here is not good so no pictures again today but I hope to be able to post them from De Tour tomorrow if I make it that far. I'm enjoying having a full night's sleep by picking up these anchorages on my way to Canada.
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