Thursday, April 1, 2010

Enroute Easter Island to Pitcairn Island - Day 9

Ahh, this is the cruise I signed up for!!

In the wee hours of the morning, the wind started letting up. We have had a really nice sail all day long. Clear skies, 15 knots of wind, sunshine.

Our friends on Visions of Johanna reached Pitcairn this morning. We are anxious to talk to them on the radio tonight to hear what they have to say about the anchorage. It looks like we've lucked into a very nice weather window for visiting... the winds are dying and it is supposed to be calm for the next 2-3 days.

We have the full genoa and main out, with wind on our quarter, and sailing along in reasonable seas at about 5.5 knots. Dave is itching to turn on the engine, because he calculated that we need to make 6 knots to arrive at Pitcairn at 8:30am Friday morning. I'm resisting. But the wind IS forecast to die off tonight, and when it does, we'll have to motor.

We'll have to motor about 36 hours. We hear that the cost of diesel in Gambiers is $5/gallon, when it is available. (!!)

But we hope to spend Friday and Saturday at Pitcairn. We've come all this way, it's worth a few bucks to make the most of it. Then we'll take off on Sunday for the last 300 miles to the Gambiers. The forecast is for some reasonable wind for that leg.

Tomorrow while we're motoring, we'll have time to do some housekeeping... make water, do laundry, wash down the boat. We haven't done laundry since just before leaving the Galapagos Mar 1. I'm running out of underwear! (but not T-shirts!)
At 4/1/2010 2:04 AM (utc) our position was 25°01.79'S 125°59.45'W

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