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Hi All

June 9th 2020

Position: 03° 40.6711' N 047° 28.2376' W

Boat: All good here and we ended up motoring for a total of 33 hours over two days and used 2.05 liters of diesel per hour to travel 6 knots per hour so i am glad we have wind again and can use the freeby
Our water in the water tanks was dosed with muthti (African for medicine) and now its a huge improvement and we wont have any more problems I hope
and it tastes better too

wind Last night after a rain storm John found some wind and we used it all night and are still using it now. Its Light but it works and the boat is sailing at 5 to 6 kts with better winds expected at 9pm this evening
Strange thing is that the wind is on the nose so we are beating towards the Caribbean which is very unusual. I even asked John if that wasnt the beginning of a hurricane because thats the only explanation i have for the wind reversing like that for such a long period in this area. Luckily he said no
People: we are both ok
Boat Speed: 5 to 6 KTS
Wind: 8 kts from westerly
Distance 155 miles in 24 hours miles sailed and motoring with a total of 1034 miles sailed so far and approximately 996 miles of the 2030 miles to go until we arrive in St Georges Grenada for quarantine
We are expecting an ETA of 1500hrs on the 15th if conditions stay the same
Course: true ,Directly to Grenada
Conditions: flat like a lake on a still summers morning

Comments:
In the last 24 hrs the yellow weed hasnt been so prolific so i am happy and while we sail its even better because we have less risks of inlets clogging etc
We are doing 3 hr shifts and i am lucky because my shifts fall at sunset and sunrise every day but i dont get moonrise every time as each night as the waxing moon rises its around 40 minutes later. So in the next few days i will start seeing the sunset the moon rise (which can be very beautiful as well) and sunrises
Yesterday we had quite a bit of rain and I put out a couple of pots to catch rain water but only got enough for John and I to share two glasses each however it was delicious after the water tank saga

It looks like this Corona virus is still going to mess with us some more and we will have to change our flights from LAX to Taihiti because the French Polynese government will only allow American airlines to start flying on the 15th of July and our flights are booked for the 5th of July
We have asked the travel agents to investigate and make the changes for us as soon as possible. THey are slow in answering because of the sailmail and iridium links but thats the nature of communications at sea. I can just imagine how it would be if we didnt have the IridiumGo on the boat and could only find out the details in another weeks time, that would cause problems fore us.

I am very lucky that i have the iridium go on the boat because it gives me unlimited text emails some sms and 50 minutes of telephone time so that if there an emergency we can telephone for help (ET phone home) and it allows me to load these updates daily

Have a wonderful day all of you

Kevin

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