Making good speed towards land
16 April 2011
The trade winds returned late last night and have continued all day; we have been making 6 to 8 knots continuously with 14 to 18 knots of wind from the South East and a 10 foot swell. The sailing is excellent and we hope to make 150 miles in the next 24 hour period.
We're just about 240 nautical miles from Hiva Oa, which means we'll be arriving at our destination in about 2 days or less if the winds hold up.
We're not exactly heading for Hiva Oa just yet. We are heading for an anchorage at a small island 4 km from Hiva Oa, Baie de Hanamoenoa on the island of Tahuata (9 deg 54.5' S, 139 deg 5.4'W) where we'll have a rendezvous with some friends and fellow sailors.
We ate the last mango today, it was very ripe, but it is amazing that mangoes can hold up three weeks without refrigeration; I would recommend sailors bring lots of mangoes. My theory is that mangoes are a tropical fruit accustomed to the heat and humidity, so they last longer than other fruit. We also ate one of the last oranges; they are getting dry and a little sour but have held up very nicely overall.