22 October 2017 | Equator South Pacific
I have not had a cigar in over a week, having saved my last for my equator crossing. I expect to be lighting up in about an hour.
We are on our sixth day out of Funafuti. The Gilbert Islands, now called Kiribati, are to starboard as we approach Tarawa, the capital, about 100nm from here. The passage has gone well, which is to say that nothing has broken and Phil and I are still getting along. We have been hard on the wind the whole way, exhausting, not the way I imagined it would be, but that's just the way the wind and currents happened to set up for us. We have not run the engine in 6 days.
I have seen easily over 200 falling stars, lying flat on my back on the deck at night. I have studied the new constellations and kicked myself for not bringing a book!
Moon Dancer is a power-hungry ship, which means that even though the engine is off, the generator still runs 6 hours per day. The upside of this has been daily hot showers, movies on the TV, and yesterday we even fired up the washer drier to do laundry! I will post again from Tarawa.