Day 3 at sea
03 September 2011 | Pacific Ocean
Last night for dinner we had Cuban Farm Style Chicken (chicken cooked with onions, vegetables, orange juice, garlic and cumin) served over couscous.
The winds were in the 14 knot range all evening, giving us some very good speeds, mostly 8 to 9 knots, and a maximum speed of 10.4 knots. This morning the winds lightened a bit to the 12 knot range, and we are still managing 7 knot boat speed. Over the last 24 hours, we have covered a total of 174 nautical miles.
We're sailing upwind, or close-hauled, so we are heeled over, but the ride is smooth and comfortable.
We had a bit of trouble last night with the gasoline-powered Yamaha generator. It isn't working right, it speeds up and slows down continuously and only puts out a small amount of power. Maybe the sea water spray has gotten to the control electronics inside it. If the generator is not working it means we have to run the engine periodically at night to keep the batteries charged. We can live without it, but it would be nice to get the generator going again. Fortunately in the daytime we get a lot of power from the solar panels, and the wind generator provides power day and night.