Day 19 to the Marquesas
08 April 2012 | Outbound Cabo, Inbound Marquesas, French Polynesia
Day 19 = 91 nautical miles. Tough day for Buena Vista. ITCZ takes a bite. Keeping to our idea of motoring when no wind and sailing when there is, we were sailing along minding our own business and a cute little rain cloud came up behind us. Looked like all the other rain clouds but he walloped us something good. We couldn't roll up the genoa fast enough and then RRRRIIIPPPPPP. A big rip in our beautiful roller furling genoa. WAAAHH, Looks like we're headed for Nuka Hiva, the decision being made that we need the closest place to lick our wounds and try to have the sail repaired. My friend Marni on 'Picara' can do the job easily - it's just that she and Mike are only now taking off from Puerto Vallarta. The bigger issue is that the Marquesas are still over 800 miles away and now we're using the main and the much smaller inner forestay sail and expect lighter winds in our near future. We don't have unlimited fuel either so now (once we get past the equator) we'll have to sail slow when there's no wind and just let the days tick by as they will. Too much drama for me. My friend Arlene would say, "It's just part of the plot." Hey - we should make the equator tomorrow. Yeah.