Day 10 Transpac 2017
12 July 2017 | Pacific Ocean
We are 685 miles away from Honolulu and unfortunately we are not making much progress toward out destination. The disturbed area that was predicated between us and Honolulu showed her face today. As soon as the sun came up all we could see and hear was lightning, rain and thunder to the south of us. Our navigational software was telling us to sail around it. but we were so tempted to just sail directly for the islands, it was so irresistible, so we did. We were racing toward the finish slapping our backs saying, this is not so bad. Then slowly there was a little rain, then a lot of rain, then the wind died. Sailing in the rain is bad enough, but sitting in a major down pour with no wind flopping back and forth was the worst. We all think it may of have been pay back for the last day of the Pac Cup in 2014 where we made RJ drive in pouring rain while we all stayed dry inside. Anyway, Tony made the best of it, stripping down to his farmer tan and scrubbing down with baby wipes...I have a picture.
Last night was the first night where the clouds parted and the stars came out I have always been as amazed at the stars in the middle of the ocean. Ted got our his stargazer app on his ipad and starting naming all the constellations and Jim was figuring out which stars would likely host life.
Now that we are back on our original track we need to make a big loop around the tropical disturbance. We are sailing much farther than the rest of the boats in our class. But we are hoping that by sailing faster we can still come out ahead. Our new motto is " Sail faster damn it".