We've lost the wind!
21 August 2015 | At Sea about 680 miles north/northwest of Wallis
Day 6. At about 3 pm today, we lost the wind. Can't find it. Forecast, grib files and even the German container ship captain Elisabeth spoke with last night agree that we should have wind, but it is gone. At first, we struggled to get the boat moving on next to nothing. Then we decided to wait, so we had an early dinner whilst we bobbed like a cork, then we tried the engine. At least we would motor north away from the squall neighborhood and we would bob there. But then it came back. For a little while. Now, we are moving along at 2.7 knots. So, it is sailing, but the sails are slatting, and the fairlead is noisy when the genoa snaps it. (If you don't know what this means, may I suggest sailing lessons? You'll love it!) But it is towards our destination, so her we are.
The container ship was interesting. The AIS showed a German ship "Santa Barbara" at 24 miles. Since we are out here where not many vessels are, Elisabeth gave a call (in German) to say hello. It was a very nice chat and he told her that he could see our AIS information at that distance as well. He already knew we were here. Very nice to know. He was on his way to Tarawa for a crew change, etc. It was just very warm and friendly, and she was very happy to have made the call. She is otherwise very shy about the radio.
We had a wonderful day today. Last night was full of lightning and squalls, but today gave us some fun. We got rained on, so took a shower in the cockpit, we sat on the foredeck and dangled our feet over the side, getting a splash now and then, took some movies with the GoPro. Just had some good hanging out time together. And now, may we have a little wind please?
Be Excellent to One Another, Rod and Elisabeth, "Your Rock and Roll Argonauts" "Les Pirates d'Honneur"