Day 23 to the Marquesas
12 April 2012 | Outbound Cabo, Inbound Marquesas, French Polynesia
Day 23 = 110 nautical miles. Less than 600 miles to go. We had two nice sailing days but have only been able to go due south from where we crossed the equator at 131W. We've had northeast wind and we've been hoping it would shift more to the east so we could veer around to the southwest towards Nuka Hiva but no go. Friends of ours, Karen and Jim on 'Sockdolager' are further south of us. They have been reporting for two or three days on the nightly net that they don't have much wind where they are. They are in a 24' Pacific Seacraft (half the size of our boat) and they've been out a week longer that we have. We were hoping to catch up to them but instead we've just jibed away so we don't get stuck in the no wind hole they are in. Sorry, Karen! I've been successful ordering the supplies needed to fix our torn genoa sail. Vicki on 'Southern Cross' who did the crossing last year and didn't want to do it again (now I know why:) she is flying in to Nuka Hiva on Sunday to meet her husband who just arrived at the island today. She helped me make contact with a sailmaker there in California and she's bringing back what we need. Our mates Carla and Doug on 'Moondance' have been following the blog and know what's going on as well. They did the puddle jump last year and had a sail repaired in Nuka Hiva. They told me there's a couple who live on a blue steel boat there and they repair sails in a loft by the wharf. They charge $35 an hour but they don't have any material...but now we have our own supplies. Yippee! It is all coming together. Hopefully we'll get a quick fix and won't miss out on anything. Thanks to all of our 'ground support', we couldn't do it without you...and that includes my close friend Pam and also my parents who handle whatever comes their way. You Guys Rock!