First gale

Not quite what we pictured the tropical trade winds to be, is going through our heads, as we’re beating with tiny staysail, no jib and triple reefed main into 30 knots+ of easterlies with considerate lumpy swell. Half way between Norfolk and Fiji Berlin Express is getting her first really beating. Waves are punching hard against her side from a beamy swell and every now and then she lands heavily after a steep wave… each impact hurts my heart but she’s coping fine. A crisis of different sort is that we’re down to our last 2 chocolate bars, which is a real issue with 3 people…

Click here for two short videos:

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