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Namani at Sea
The travels of Nana, Markus and Nick aboard Namani
A slow news day ...
25-Apr-2012, Under way to the Marquesas, S09-22 W129-49

.. on Namani today. After two weeks of wind from the SE...ESE with true wind speeds solidly in the 12...15+kn range and good progress at an average boat speed of 5.5kn, someone flipped a switch today and we're now moving at around 3.5...4kn in 8...10kn of true wind. Fortunately, seas have gone down as well, so it's not uncomfortable. Also, even at this slow speed, the bioluminescense in our current patch of ocean is so strong that you can almost read the paper in the glow of Namani's wake - quite a sight. On today's weather fax it looks like the ITCZ has dropped down all the way to 5S west of 120W and it seems we may have rather light winds for the remaining approx. 500nm to the Marquesas. No complains though as we've had a full two weeks of uninterrupted tradewind sailing under sunny/starry skies.

With crossing 127-30 West longitude we did enter a new time zone yesterday (now 9 hrs "behind" UTC). We chose to postpone the switch for Namani's "ship's time" though and to stay with Alaska's DST for a few more degrees of longitude in order to enjoy dinners at sunset rather than in the dark. One of the perks of sailing in mid ocean - you get to pick your personal time zone ;-)

We did make radio contact with John on Arctic Tern III tonight (we sailed on his boat in Alaska a few years ago). He's already left the Marquesas and is now bound for Tahiti. Also moving slowly in light winds but doing well.

That's all for today... all is well aboard, stay tuned...

09 - Pacific Crossing
It's Monday...
23-Apr-2012, Under way to the Marquesas, S09-16 W126-20

.. which means we have been at sea for exactly three weeks now. Conditions continue to be good and we're making good progress (by our modest standards). The days pass surprisingly quickly between watches, Nicky's "boat school", navigation and radio scheds, some maintenance - and of course our attempts to hook another fish.

One of Nicky's assignments these past days was to write up our encounter with E Capoe (see post from a few days ago) as a news report. Here it is - hot off the press ;-)

NEWS REPORT: PHOTO SHOOTING IN THE PACIFIC By Nicky (reporting from aboard Namani)

On Thursday, April 19, 2012, the sailboat E Capoe and, more importantly, nice Namani, sailed close up for photo shooting. First, German Namani called up French-Austrian E Capoe on the useful SSB radio, asking if they wanted to do photo shooting with their proud and sturdy fiberglass boat, 35 foot Namani. Two masted E capoe said „Yes" so Namani soon caught up with them. Then Namani sailed nicely with their white genoa and took lots of mid-ocean photos of each other. Then graceful Namani raised their beutiful blue Parasailor and soon took it down after E capoe got decent pictures because their was too much wind. Then heavy E capoe took out their bright spinnaker for pictures but one of the lines that holds the spinnaker came completely loose so soon their spinnaker was dragging in the water so nifty Namani couldn't get many good photos. But they may be planning to have another go because-two days later-they can still see each other.

09 - Pacific Crossing
Under 1000nm...
21-Apr-2012, Under way to the Marquesas, S08-54 W121-50

.. to go to the Marquesas. Early this morning we passed the 1000nm mark and celebrated with freshly baked brownies later in the day. Still could see E Capoe on the horizon this morning - nice to have some company ;-)

All is well aboard, stay tuned...

09 - Pacific Crossing

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