At long last I am getting good winds and have begun to head SE. This morning the wind has been from the SSW at between 17 and 23 knots (about 19 to 25 mph). Seas are heavy. I reduced the sails from big genoa to jib and took the first of three possible reefs in the main. Did not lose any speed, but boat sailed more upright and much more comfortable, proving I had been over powered. From noon yesterday to noon today I have covered 252 miles - a record for the trip thus far. Dodge's best was 225 on the entire voyage. After a slow start I am closing on him.