30 September 2008

30-Sep-2008 Noon Position

Noon Position
Mediterranean Sea

  • 104 nm last 24 hours
  • 198 nm from Malta
  • 732 nm to Malaga, Spain
  • Winds S 15-20 knots
  • Seas 2-3 feet
Sandpiper is cracking along at 6 knots with the wind right off the port quarter. Perfect!

Yesterday afternoon the winds died down with a flat sea which we motored on till 2am when the winds picked up from the south and we have sailing since. There were many dark squalls around us all night with crazy sheet lighting all along the horizon, but somehow every squall dodged us and we stayed dry all night. Still lots of E-W shipping traffic just to the north of us.

At sunset we sailed past Italy's Pantelleria Island, and we arrived just off the northern coast of Tunisia at sunrise. The weather is a bit suspect as it is not matching any of the weather forecasts. But we will take it as we are able to sail. We are just hoping that there is not a surprise soon with a NW wind.

More in 24!!
Tom and Amy

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