A Serious Case of the Wousdi's
20 July 2007 | 22 08.267n; 142 49.184w
All right let's get this out of the way first. We sailed extra distance yesterday and last night in an attempt to find more wind and better wind direction...bad idea, we are now in second as our nemesis "Tower" slipped by us last night. Dang it.
We are 825 miles from Hawaii and this thing is far from over. We are pushing ourselves and the boat as hard as possible and hope springs eternal.
Last night somebody found a bag of candy that Ty had squirreled away. Think 8 10-year old boys and a freshly burst pinata, I think you get the idea of how long that bag lasted.
As the sugar high faded, the Big Dipper rose in all of it's splendor suspended above us. I dreamed it was full of something...anything, other than Tang, the current drink of choice on Rancho Deluxe. We had a gorgeous weather night complete with stars, and moon but including a serious case of the wousdi's. Yes, that would be the newly invented word of the day. We were blasting along with the kite and spinnaker staysail and every 2 - 4 minutes a wave of unusual size and direction (wousdi) would clobber the boat sending us sideways to the right and rolling the boat just enough to roll me out of my 1 hour slumber and paste me to the wall.
We have just gybed and the wousdi's are now with us instead of against us! Ya just gotta love getting a little friendly wousdi.
As I now type this (I was called away for a pesky sail change oh by the way those things are a nuisance, somebody give me a pair of throttles), we are 800 miles from the barn & Mai Tai Madness, thinking/dreaming of a noon Monday arrival?