Day 12, Passage to Puerto Montt

2000Z 03OCT19, Day 12, Easter Island to Puerto Montt, Chile. The engine has been turned on and we've been motoring since yesterday evening. We've briefly either had wind or a good angle but rarely both so onward we motor sail. Progress is slow - we aren't quite sure why we aren't making better speed with the engine, but it may be a counter swell/current issue and/or growth on the hull. We have successfully motor sailed a bit with the genoa out; however, any attempts to secure the engine have been frustratingly short lived.

Current Position: 38 54S / 084 07W
24 hour progress: 112nm, 4.7kts avg SOG
Overall progress for the passage is 1537nm with approximately 500nm! to the entrance canal to get to Puerto Montt. Another partially sunny and partially gray day with cloud cover. We are currently motor sailing with full sails. Winds are light and variable and the seas are calm with a small swell.

The crew are all doing well. The celebratory dinner was a success last night. We have cleaned a bit today, made brownies, popcorn and are watching a movie - The Hunt for Red October. We will make pizza for dinner so a rather successful motoring day. The boat is warm inside and spirits are high.

Fishing line has been out, but no fish have been hooked. We are back to not seeing anything but sky, waves and clouds. One albatross flew by this morning, no marine mammals, no ships.

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