Day 9, Passage to Puerto Montt

2000Z 30SEP19, Day 9, Easter Island to Puerto Montt, Chile. We continue to experience wind lulls and gusts, but things generally seem to be very gradually calming.

Current Position: 36 58S / 091 14W
24 hour progress: 139nm, 5.8kts avg SOG
Overall progress for the passage is 1167nm with approximately 855nm to the entrance canal to get to Puerto Montt. Today there is a lot more cloud cover and a lot of gray, though the sun is breaking out on occasion too. We are sailing a starboard tack, close reach, with 3 reefs in the main and 1 in the genoa. Winds are currently 20kts true +/-5kts and the seas are slowly coming down.

The crew are all doing well and trying to stay warm. The cats are very cuddly. The temperature inside the boat is in the upper 50s at night and lower 60s during the day. For some reason Daxton is still in shorts and short sleeves though he carries his fuzzy blanket everywhere to bundle himself under. We are still working the sails with occasional stints of gusts into the low 30s, typically preceded and proceeded by winds around 15kts though all this has calmed some more as well with recent gusts around 25kts.

Not much else to report, we are in the groove and making decent progress. The galley is still challenging, but meals are being made and eaten. We think we will see some no wind / motoring days coming up and are planning a bunch of house keeping tasks for the calm, if it arrives.

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