122nm covered, morning now upon us, down came the twins and into the bag they were stowed. With only one good 6.5m pole we could no longer fly them. It was time to reorganise the sail set up.
Although slightly bent, Bob decided the starboard twin’s pole would still be fine for holding the smaller of the sails. Staysail once again refurled, both whisker poles were set then the Staysail and Genie unfurled. This had become our downwind sailing rig for the remainder of the voyage.
Engine off once more (this Goliath always runs with the autopilot in charge when major sail changes are under way): peace at last!! What bliss, as all we heard was the wash of the water whilst Big G forged ever onward.
No movie, you ask? Unfortunately, in situations like this there is no time to waste grabbing a camera to place on the head. Once we have an outdoor camera set for motion activation installed upon the spreader there will be more chance of capturing these moments.
This day, we were entertained by schools of flying fish. The distances at which they could thrust themselves forward astounded us, although with one’s life at stake there was added impetus for doing so!
In a search to find the best combination for the wishy washy conditions caused by opposing swells and the Leeuwin current, it was a day of constant sail changes. As late afternoon was upon us, the asymmetric spinnaker was the final choice. With winds of 6 – 10 knots Gratis cruised at five with the engine. The additional bonus was we could maintain course.