Sunday, July 29, 2007 - Day 4 of Passage: Smooth Sailing
29 July 2007 | en route from Bora Bora to Penrhyn Island
The foul weather of the last couple of days is now just a memory. Today, Sand Dollar is enjoying typical trade wind cruising. Life is good after all! The waves are still high and the boat rolls with the swell but the motion is more predictable now and steady progress is being made toward Penrhyn Island. On top of that, there is nothing quite like sailing under the light of a full moon. Anything that is white including sails, deck, cresting waves, birds and clouds seem to glow. There is no need for a flashlight on deck or in the cockpit. It is a pity we don' have more full moons.
Today's noon-to-noon distance was 114 miles for an average speed of 4.8 knots. I am right on schedule to make landfall sometime Monday afternoon with only 80 miles to go. The full moon means there will be a greater than normal tide change and perhaps a strong current flowing out of the atoll entrance. I will try to negotiate the pass at high slack water to minimize this effect. Fortunately, this occurs at mid- morning.
All else is well onboard. Frequent rain squalls keep the deck clean and free of salt buildup. Also, the captain gets to bathe! Who knows who he will run into on Penrhyn.