People are often astounded when we say that we prefer sailing close-hauled to downwind. Pitufa’s performance is better close to the wind and downwind we hate the rolling motion she gets into when surfing down waves. Corkscrewing is even more annoying–even though you wedge yourself into the sea berth with half a dozen of cushions you’re never quite stable. No matter how carefully we declatter cupboards, there’s always some cup or can that manages to wiggle free and bang for help.
More serious is the wear and tear on material. Whenever the sails are clanging and banging it puts strain on the rig and yesterday we noticed, that one of the battens on our mainsail has already chafed through.
Anyway, we’re making good progress, still sailing over 6 knots.
818 nm to go!

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