01 April 2011 | 800 nautical miles from Mexico
This marks our 7th day at sea, and we have completed about 1/3 of our passage. The winds have been mostly very light the last 24 hours, at times as little as 6 knots, other times as much as 10. We have managed to keep the speed between 6 and 8.5 knots with the spinnaker up. Still, there was a period during the afternoon when we struggled to keep the spinnaker filled.
The sky is overcast today which is a mixed blessing. For one it is cooler. But we hope to have more sunny skies in the forecast. Cloudiness and storminess is going to become more common, however, as we approach the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) at the equator.
With the cloudy skies, our solar panel output is reduced, which means we have had to run the engine or the generator more.
We ate the last of the celery sticks today with peanut butter, and had another tropical fruit salad for lunch to use up the avocados, tomatoes, and mangoes before they go bad. We have had to kersplash some rotten fruit that we didn't get to eat in time.
Dinner tonight will probably be some arrachera steak cooked in a stew with onions and leek, and some couscous on the side.