Day 8 to the Marquesas
28 March 2012 | Outbound Cabo, Inbound Marquesas, French Polynesia
Day 8 = 103 nautical miles...1,957 left to go. After the very slow start of this passage we are really happy to see more wind. WIND WIND WIND - THAT'S ALL I EVER TALK ABOUT. Bigger winds, however, bring bigger seas. Bigger seas, especially ones that come from lots of directions at once, tend to roll the boat and make life more difficult. Cooking becomes downright dangerous. Sleeping, not much. We're trying to follow our 'rhumbline' to the Marquesas but in favor of finding a little bit of normality we've strayed pretty far away from it. Tomorrow we'll have to jib back towards the south to get back on track. We're both feeling a bit loopy from the sleep deprivation caused by bumpy seas...we decided to reef our mainsail just before dark last night and it was a challenge that left us both exhausted. It was the right decision though because a few hours later even with a double reefed mainsail and double reefed genoa we were flying along at 7 knots. Then, every 10-15 seconds this bulldozer would hit you from the side...geez...I'm gonna go have a nap. Oh, I almost forgot. At 4:30am Don woke me up and said he spotted a ship coming up behind us. We were able to pick it up on radar and then on the computer AIS program which showed the vessel name, Mount Adams, a cargo ship going to Japan. I called him on the VHF radio and had a chat with the captain who was french. He said he had us on radar and would pass safely behind. About 20 minutes later he passed behind us about three miles away. Easy peezy.