Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Enroute to the Tuamotus - Day 3

6pm Hawaii Time
Miles today: 120
Miles to go: 1,898
Wind E at 15-20 kt
Seas E at 6-8'
Sailing SSE at 5.5kt - 2 reefs in the main, staysail, scrap of genoa

We have had a pretty wild last 24 hours. And though it feels worse, truthfully the wind has only been in the 20kt range all day. The seas have been pretty big, and confused. That, combined with the fact that we are hard on the wind, has made for another wet salty day.

Dave is still feeling a little queasy, so he slept most of the day. During my daytime watch, I had fun trimming sails, trying to combine speed with a comfortable ride in the right direction. As always with a triumvirate of goals, you can pick any two...

Dave, on the other hand, has one priority, and that's comfort. So when I go off watch, we slow down a knot and wallow around comfortably. He is happy with the idea that whatever easting we give up by easing the sheets, we'll make up down in the ITCZ (the doldrums), by motoring for a day to windward.

The forecast I got this morning promises a slight easing in the wind tomorrow. We can only hope!! (The forecasts in this area are not noted for their accuracy... it's pretty complex weather and very little input data for the models).
At 5/3/2011 6:01 AM (utc) our position was 15°46.16'N 155°24.72'W

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