Thursday, May 12, 2011

Motoring at 10 Cents a Minute

The wind died last night about 1am, so Dave turned on the engine. We were making pretty good time under sail until then.

With the price of diesel pushing $6/gallon in French Polynesia... motoring has gotten kind of expensive. At 1 gallon per hour, or $6/hour, that's 10 cents a minute!!

This morning at 7am, the wind was back, and also out of the direction we wanted--NE. It is only 10 knots, but with our huge genoa, we are averaging about 5 kts, and going in the right direction. We are finally using the entire genoa, but still have 1 reef in the mainsail--mostly because we are lazy.

We'll keep this up--motoring when it gets too light, and sailing when it's right--until we get through the variables and into the SE Trades (a couple of days at least). We are still heading as east as we can--hoping to reach at least 146 West before we head for Manihi. (Our friends who left from Hilo went all the way to 141-20 before they headed south--they have been able to ease their sheets a lot on the trip to Manihi, and would have been able to reach the Marquesas without too much trouble, if they'd had time to visit there. But they spent a day or two tacking east of Hawaii to get that far east).
Sherry & Dave
Headed South for French Polynesia

At 5/11/2011 9:30 PM (utc) our position was 00°38.69'N 148°12.64'W

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