The wind and seas have moderated and we continue to make excellent progress. We have already hit the magic 200 nm days run. We are disappointed not to be able to contact Russell Radio, could it be propagation? We are in contact with friends sailing from Australia also on route to Noumea – they are beating all the way whilst we enjoy a fast if wet beam reach. One of the jobs on the to do list is to have a better spray hood and protection in the cockpit. Top speed today 11.4 knots and since noon we’ve been averaging 8.5.