12 November 2012 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
sunny but rain is coming.
I made it up the mast on Saturday morning and then took off to get more "things". Tracy stayed on board and cooked and cooked and cooked. We now have 20 meals all ready for the next portion of the trip(American Samoa to Tuvalu to Tarawa to Kosrae to Pohnpei in Micronesia. In total, about another 3,000 miles of the same distance it took us to get from Mexico to the Marquesas. We should make better time since we will have the Genoa or Spinnaker for the trip. We've inspected and stitched lots of seams on the Genoa and checked the fittings on the mast.
Yesterday(Sunday), we spent some time scrubbing Zephyrs sides at the waterline as we have developed a lot of growth. Scuzzy on the starboard side and grass growing on the port side. No clue as to why the difference but there is.
Once that was done, we took off to do the laundry. It's open 24/7 and there is no waiting for a washer or drier as they have lots. Wash and dry total at just $3.00 so it's not to bad and the drier actually will dry two washer loads in one run instead of two as it was at Vuda Point Marina. We returned to Zephyr and put the clean clothes away and watched a show or two. I crashed just after 2030 since I was quite tired. Slept in till 0600. A long night for me.
This morning, we took off for just about the last of our provisions. We hit two stores(close together) and ended up taking a taxi back as we had so much food. We've been hitting Cost U Less on a regular basis and this time we did it right and got a ton. Taking a taxi was the only way to get it back to the dock. Tomorrow, we stow what we bought today(it's going to be tight) and go hunting for what "fresh" veggies we can find. Not a lot available on the island.
Weather looks good for us to be out of here on Thursday for the first 800 mile jump to Tuvalu. About 7 days of downwind sailing.