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Nov 4, 2009

Location: Underway to South Africa in the Indian Ocean
Author: Jessica (Beaker) Fry
After some strong winds and rain last night the skies cleared to reveal a beautiful full moon and a scattering of stars. We sailed along making good speed with just the forward staysail up for most of the night. Once the sun rose this morning and the winds subsided some more, we set the main staysail. We sailed like this for the rest of the day making 6-7 kts towards our waypoint close to Richards Bay, South Africa. The PSCT students had their first real exam for their Yachtmaster certification today and watches continued as usual. After an initially dark sky as the sun set, the moon rose magnificently and again we enjoyed the bright light of a nearly full moon as we continued westwards.