Rodneys Transpac Blog Day 1 & Day 2
05 July 2017
Well - we haven't done this blog for a while. Testing this out! Here is Day 1 & 2 from Rodney.
Day 1 was fun! We had a great race with our class and all rounded the end of Catalina about the same time. Luckily the wind is holding out tonight. The last time we did the Transpac in 2005 we had to wait all night for the wind to come up next to Catalina. Right now it is 3:30 am and Tony and I are on watch. We had a great meal tonight, home made lasagna - it was delicious. We precook all our our dinners ahead of time and freeze them, so they are fantastic. We can see the lights of Sequoia, the other Cal 40 and Alacante, a saber 38. We are hoping to put up a spinnaker tomorrow morning - that will give us an advantage.
Day 2 Oceans blue! We are 2080 miles away from Honolulu. The winds are starting to build from the north so we are hoping to start flying a spinnaker soon. We tried to fly one for a short time yesterday morning, but the winds did not cooperate. There is normally a strong high pressure system that is located in the middle of the pacific that we sail around, but this year there are two small ones, so navigating is difficult. Looks like it will take us 13 more days of sailing, so we should arrive in the 18th. We started our day with Michelle's famous breakfast burritos, and ended with Jim's Tajin.
Unfortunately we lost Lisa #3 our hula girl figurine yesterday. She was firmly mounted to the pulpit but must of been knocked off by a sail :(. Oh well out of the four times we have sailed to Hawaii, she has made it twice. We saw dolphins and a sunfish today. All the other boats we started with have now spread out so far we can no longer see each other.