Less than 2000nm to go...14-Apr-2012, Under way to the Marquesas, S08-30 W106-40
At 1600Z (0900 local) this morning, we had about 1880nm to go to the Marquesas.... the wind has picked up a bit now, probably in the low 20ies now and seas are a little bigger (~2.5m) , but Namani rides them very nicely. A bit rolly at times but still comfortable: Blue skies with a few tradewind clouds - we're a happy boat..
Day 1011-Apr-2012, Under way to the Marquesas, S07-29 W100-39
Wednesday, 11APR, ten days since we left the Galapagos. We'll celebrate with freshly baked bread and brownies ;-). Conditions are beautiful at the moment: 10...15kn from just abaft the beam, sunny skies with tradewind clouds - and we haven't touched a sheet since we took the Parasailor down 2 days ago. Very relaxed and nice sailing. Let's see how long it lasts... Yesterday was "bath day" on Namani: usually that means a bucket of salt water per person, to soap and shampoo, followed by a liter of fresh (rain) water to rinse of. Yesterday we felt we deserved a bit of luxury and inflated Nicky's old kiddy pool in the cockpit. Hence it was a full saltwater bath for each of us, followed by the rinse cycle. We are so sparkling clean now, we can be seen from miles away...
Strike!10-Apr-2012, Under way to the Marquesas, S07-08 W098-09
Caught our first Dorado on this trip today (Mon, 09APR)! Sushi snack followed by a very tasty dinner... Sailing is very different now compared to the first few days of the passage. Then - while sailing clause hauled/close reaching - it seemed we were constantly taking reeefs in out of sails, trimmin, tacking, ... and watches were very busy. Now the wind has settled (we hope) on/just abaft the beam and things have become more relaxed. We put the Parasailor up this morning and had it fly all day, steered by the wind vane (with some brief help from hand steering during a squall). Made for a comfortable ride all day. Took it down again in the evening and swapped it for the genoa for the night. That's it. Hence, there is now more time for play, school - and fishing. Nana is even close to finishing "Path between the Seas" (500 pg book on the history of and behind the Panama Canal - fascinating reading). There will porbably be a few less comfortable days along the way, but right now it's very enjoyable. Now (04:30am local time on Tuesday morning) we have about 2400nm to go until the Marquesas - should be another three weeks, give or take. All is well aboard. Stay tuned...
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