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Day 2 from Cape Verdes

1600 - Monday February 20th

Earlier today Ruth II crossed her own track westwards from November 26th
2021, thus technically completing her full circumnavigation of the globe.
She has a bit more to do before she can rest - she has to take us to her
home in Palma where some of us will sign off and she will get lots of

Back to this leg - having waited for decent window of weather, finally
yesterday we left Mindelo in a bit of a gale, with 30+ kts and a short sea
to be confronted for the first few hours.

This little gale was always going to be temporary - the winds accelerate
through the gaps between the islands and once clear we started beating with
staysail and reefed main in 18/20kts and lengthening seas, as I write this
we are 160 NM north, some 700 NM downwind of Tenerife.

We are down one, Mary has flown back to Ireland for a short visit, but is
due back aboard in the Canaries - it will make a difference to our watch
system and we will look forward to having her back.

Anyway all good here on Ruth II - just lots of upwind work to do so we might
as well settle into it for a bit.



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