Well we left Goa at 2.00pm on Friday 19th March, crossing the Bay just outside the river mouth doing a good 6-8kts on a close reach with a 1,000nm crossing of the Arabian Sea lying ahead of us to reach Muscat. We have had similar distances in the past taking a maximum of eight days, but, with it being mid to late March it is not the most favourable time to make this crossing as the north east trades are starting to run out and in our case it looks like we will have westerly’s ahead of us. We don’t have the fuel to motor the whole way so it looks like we will be doing alot of tacking.
In the first 3 days we only covered 336 nm. The winds never got above 6-7kts. For that distance we were still watching out for fishing vessels and again there were plenty of them, but once clear of those it was just the large ships we had to watch out for . When you bring up the photos you will see one of our chart plotter screen showing what the shipping looks like in the Arabian Sea – and that is only the ones who have the AIS system.
Once we were clear of the Indian Coast and all the Fishing Vessels I have had my fishing line out but to date nothing. Mind you if I was a fish I don’t think I would like to be swimming out here among all these super tankers and cargo vessels. We have seen dolphins, and one night it was lovely watching them swimming beside us. You could not see them but the phosphorescence just sparkled in the wake they left behind them. You could see their trails for a good few metres. That same night we had a little bird come rest his weary wings perching on the rescue bag right beside the Port helm where we sit and do our watches. He stayed with us till dawn.
Love to you all and for some we will see you soon.