Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Enroute to the Tuamotus - Day 4

6pm Hawaii Time
Miles today: 129
Miles to go: 1,837*
Wind ENE at 15-20 kt
Seas ENE at 6-8'
Sailing SE at 5.5kt - 2 reefs in the main, staysail, scrap of genoa

* I added an intermediate waypoint to more closely approximate our planned route, and that increased our miles to go.

We had a pretty good day today. The wind was more in the 15 knot range, and so the seas were not so bad. So we let out a little more sail and went a little faster.

Late in the day we got into a cloudy area and had a couple of minor squalls with winds to 25 knots. We saw them coming and got the sail in in time, so no big deal. Nice to have a little fresh water rinse.

Dave is feeling better, but still not 100%. Fortunately our autopilot is doing a great job, and the sail plan we have is easy for one person to manage. The double-reefed main is good to about 30 knots, and everything else is roller furling. It's slow for one person to crank our big genoa in, but do-able. The trick is to start BEFORE the winds get to 25 knots!
Sherry & Dave
Headed South for French Polynesia

At 5/4/2011 6:05 AM (utc) our position was 13°52.27'N 154°28.78'W

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