Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Enroute to the Tuamotus - Day 10

6pm Hawaii Time
Miles today: 118
Mile Behind Us: 1,234
Miles to go: 1,108 (approx 8-9 more days)
Wind E at 10-12 kt
Seas E at 3'
Sailing SSE at 5kt - 2 reefs in the main, staysail, 2/3 genoa

We had another big squall hit last night at 9:30pm--almost the same time as the previous night. Dave had a couple more small squalls pass by on his watch from 1am-7am.

But this morning, the daylight revealed a beautiful tropical morning--blue skies with small puffy clouds. Wind about 12-15kts. We have had a great day of sailing.

We passed the halfway mark early this morning. We are still a long way from Kansas!!

The wind is starting drop, so we've nearly got our whole genoa out, but are really enjoying sailing quietly along at 5kt. By tomorrow the wind is forecast to be less than 10 kts. The wind has gone more E than NE, and so we are struggling to make our waypoint. We'll decide once we get to the really light air whether we need to motor east for a bit to get set up for the right angle to make our destination of Manihi.

Our friends on Infini caught an 80lb yellowfin tuna yesterday. Wow! We talked about putting a line out today, but Dave has added a new one to his list of excuses "I don't want to catch one too big." Maybe tomorrow.
Sherry & Dave
Headed South for French Polynesia

At 5/10/2011 6:10 AM (utc) our position was 03°24.00'N 149°02.30'W

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