30 March 2011 | out in the middle of an ocean
Last night (nearly 24 hrs ago now) was very slow. There was only a miniscule amount of wind which left us slogging and the sails and boom slapping all night. It was tough to get to sleep. Finally I got up in the early morning and turned the boat 90 to southward, to at least keep the little wind there was filling the sails. We weren't going the right direction, but at least we were moving.
We logged about 140 to 150 nm each night since we left Vallarta, except last night we only managed 91 nm.
Today will be much better as we had excellent 8 to 9 knot sailing with the spinnaker and 6 to 8 knots with the jib in the evening.
(We log our runs from 11 am to 11 am each day).
If this keeps up we'll be in the Marquesas in 19 to 21 days.
It looks more and more like our radar scanner is dead. I did an ohms check of the cable (with radar scanner connected) and two pins that should read 160 ohms +/- 5 percent instead read 112 ohms.
A bad connection (loose, or corroded) would have given us a high ohms reading, so it doesn't look like that.
But I guess we'll manage to get by without the radar. At least we have AIS (which identifies nearby ships' position and course).
We had a nice lunch today, I had to use up the ripening avocados so we had salad with avocado tomatoes and crab meat.
Dinner this evening was guacamole and chips, then penne pasta with chili con carne and tomato sauce.
We are now at 14* 41.5 N, 112* 41.23 W