Day 14, More of nothing much happening
05 June 2021 | 03 12.953'S:102 05.669'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
03 12.953 S
102 05.669 W
Weather; warm and sunny, wind 5-15 knots, waves 1.5-2 metres
BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT TO THOMAS, WISHING YOU A GRAND DAY!
Yet again I was tempted to copy and paste from yesterday's blog as we had another day of nothing much going on. Squid patrol netted us 5 squid and 2 flying fish, not that any of them are good for eating. We didn't put the fishing stick out again today, this was largely down to the fact that we were moving along too fast for trolling , if we thought reeling a fish in at 5 knots was difficult, we couldn't begin to imagine what it would be like at 7.5 knots which we did for a good deal of the afternoon. We think we must have found the current as the wind wasn't excessive and the water was relatively flat and not bouncing us from wave to wave for a change, to be honest it was a surprisingly good afternoon sailing.
Gerry squirted some more gunk into another place that he thought the forward water leak might originate from but with no water coming over the bow it's hard to assess if this is possibly the spot. Our stateroom is still turned upside down and looks like a rubbish tip with so many things stashed where ever there is a space for the time being, it's a good job that we aren't trying to sleep there whilst underway. I must take a photo of it before it gets restored to order, just to remind ourselves of how things go when you are at sea!
Yet again we saw nothing anywhere on the water all around us, just miles and miles of bluish grey water and paler, blue sky. There was an occasional white cap but even they were missing in action for most of the day. The only life we saw on the water were schools of silvery coloured flying fish (is that the correct collective term for flying fish I wonder) every so often and the small sea birds that flit about picking their fill of whatever it is (?krill) they eat off of the surface of the water. There were no sightings of dolphins or whales; so far we haven't even seen whales blowing on the horizon which would be easy to spot on days like today when the water is pretty flat right out to the horizon.
As the day wore on we passed through the 100 degree West mark Ð little things to keep us amused! We have noticed that the sunrise and sun set times seem to be getting later and we think we have probably gone through a time zone or two but have no way of checking without an internet connection, we had eaten dinner and I went down to bed before the sun had even set, not that it was worth seeing as it vanished behind clouds yet again according to Gerry. The difference overnight was that the usual cloud cover failed to completely materialise and the sky remained mostly clear with thousands of stars twinkling away, the moon is waning so it was quite dark for most of the night. The wind remained around the 12-14 knot range for most of the night but was a bit fickle as it danced between being on the beam to directly astern of us. Having said that we were surprised to find that we were doing a pretty consistent 6 knots for most of the night; as I said, we think we had found a curr
ent. By this morning the wind had dropped away and the water was flat calm with no white caps, our sails are flapping about all over the place as the wind continues to be unable to decide which direction it wants to come from, our speed has dropped to 4.5 knots but at least we are moving along. We managed to do 150NM in the 24 hours which was pretty good and we didn't have the engine on at all in that time so our fuel consumption is negligible at this point. Our issue for the moment is that the solar panels aren't getting enough sun on them to top up the batteries, thanks to the cloud cover that has been an almost daily occurrence, and we are having to run the gen set a couple of times overnight to make sure the batteries cope with the load that we are putting on them; to this end Gerry got out a bucket of water and the squeegee today and climbed on to the arch to clean the rear solar panel off. This is the one that gets the morning sun and which our hitchhiking birds had m
anaged to deposit their crap all over. Now that the panel is clean we will see if it makes any difference to our battery storage - let's hope so or Gerry risked falling overboard for no reason. Well that's it for this episode of days of our lives, I'm sure there will be more tomorrow and let's hope it's more interesting!