Day 21, ground hog day
12 June 2021 | 06 10.013'S:122 20.620'W, At sea to Nuku Hiva
06 10.013 S
122 20.620 W
Weather; sunny with lots of clouds, wind 10 - 20 knots, waves 2 - 3 metres
Another day of not much happening, it's getting to be the normal sort of day around here! Though of note for me is that today marks the longest sailing passage that we have undertaken, our previous longest passage was 21 days and 12 hours, without sight of land and that was going between the Galapagos Islands and Nuku Hiva on our last trip. This time, because we haven't stopped at the Galapagos Islands, the trip is taking longer as we have to count the days from Panama on top of the passage from Galapagos to Nuku Hiva. I know that there are a few of you out there that are wondering how I haven't shoved Gerry overboard by now but to be honest I need him around to fix the stuff that goes wrong. Seriously, I think it is a bit of an endurance test for both of us as we are both sleep deprived to some extent, bored and out of things to keep ourselves occupied during the seemingly endless stretches of nothingness. Yesterday the day continued in the same vein as the day before, we c
ontinued to sail along doing around 6.5 Ð 7 knots, the seas were a bit lumpy for most of the day, the cloud cover was slightly more than normal with just a few hours of sunshine which really didn't top up the batteries enough. Gerry spotted a few dolphins at one point, just as I had gone below to make us lunch, of course they had gone again by the time I came back out into the cockpit, other than that there was nothing else of note to see all day, still no whales or ships and as we are at 5 degrees south we have been watching out for the weather buoys which are around the 5 degree area. These buoys are huge, they are tethered to the sea bed by a very long (about 5 mile long) anchoring system which gives them a big drift circumference and they are lit up like a Christmas tree so you can't really miss them. We came across one on our last trip but so far haven't seen one this time around.
We didn't bother to fish again, we really aren't keen fishermen in case you hadn't cottoned on to the fact by now! As night descended and we were plunged into that horrid pitch blackness once again the swell and wind both picked up and we were being thrown around all over the place for most of the night which makes sleeping quite difficult unless you are Gerry and on watch Ð that's when you nod off in the seat and don't wake up until it's your turn to go below and try to get some legitimate sleep time! The cloud cover overnight was more stormy than it has been for the past few days with far more black clouds than grey ones. It rained a couple of times but not for very long. Tonight we actually saw the sliver of the new moon for a short period of time before it was enveloped in the black clouds. We have seen a bit of phosphorescence on some nights but tonight was the first night that I can say there was a lot of it. Our bow wake threw up a whole heap of sparkles which are li
ke lightening bugs or fire flies, really pretty but gone in seconds. In the past we have seen dolphins throw up the phosphorescence as they rocket through the water and it looks like a torpedo heading towards you, quite a sight but as yet there has been no sightings of dolphin trails overnight but there were some huge patches of phosphorescence being made a short way off of the boat by something huge in the water Ð better that it stays away from us!
As usual we ran the water maker during the day and the gen set a couple of times during the night; on the second running overnight there was a small hiccough and the gen set stopped producing power for a couple of seconds then seemed to remember what it was doing and kicked back in, this is of some concern and Gerry will probably be looking into what happened, not that he expects to find anything but we can't afford to be without the gen set for the rest of the trip. Another irritating little job has cropped up with the boom vang / backstay hydraulic pump, for some reason it has become hard to pump and Gerry has been looking at why this might be without coming up with a definitive answer as yet Ð it may just be another Fiji job!
So another 165 NM in the 24 hours to knock off of our total and still no engine hours. We are whittling away at the mileage but when there is still some 1200 to go it seems like a never ending story!