Pounding out the final miles
26 October 2016 | Passage to Hawaii
For the last day and a half, we've been beating into 20-25 knots of wind and large seas. We are 330 miles South of Hawaii now. More than two-thousand miles have passed under the keel since we departed Bora Bora 16 days ago. Our mainsail is double-reefed and our genoa is triple-reefed to keep Huzzah's speed in check. Blasting over 6 to 8 foot waves is really hard on Huzzah, so we try to limit our speed to 6.5 knots. We routinely crash into North Pacific waves that likely originated in some nameless storm hundreds of miles to the East of us, sending seawater across her decks, and too often into the cockpit. Life below is difficult. The boat lurches every which direction, making even the simplest move difficult. The hatches are sealed, so the 85 degree temperatures is extra humid. It's a difficult and uncomfortable situation, but my sailing mates Dave and Scott are awesome - and we will get 'er done! Cheers!