Slow and steady
01 June 2017
Last night was one of my favorite night sailing experiences ever! With just our headsail up, we ghosted along in the light breeze with stars shining above and bioluminescent critters sparkling below. So peaceful!
We paid for it today, though, as we had to run the engine all day to make enough headway toward North Minerva Reef to arrive in daylight tomorrow. That's OK...it was well worth it. The wind velocity was about 1.5 knots all day, with occasional gusts to 2.5 knots. Not much you can do with that. Later, the wind came up a little bit, to about 4 knots, but it was from directly ahead of us, so also, not much you can do with that.
It was a mellow day aboard the good ship SCOOTS. Eric played his bass for awhile. He's getting better at it every day...I can now tell which songs he's playing the bass line for. I worked on making a new chafe boot for our boom vang. This afternoon we played cards in the cockpit. (That's how calm and windless it was.) Eric won 4 out of 5 games...a good day for him.
The high point of my day was seeing a tropicbird! I happened to look up through the galley hatch just in time to see it silhouetted against the cloudy sky. I haven't seen one since we left Tonga last November. It's a harbinger of the approaching tropics, along with the warmer air and water temperatures, and the fact that I will now walk around in short sleeves and barefoot.
We expect to arrive at North Minerva Reef tomorrow, where we'll anchor for a few days while we await some actual wind to get us to Fiji. Quite a few other cruisers are also heading for Minerva, so we'll have plenty of friendly company.
We've been reporting our position at Yachts in Transit (YIT) courtesy of Gulf Harbour Radio. It you'd like to check out our status, or those of many other cruising boats, you can do it here: www.yit.nz.co.
That's it for now. Here are the numbers: Our noon position: 22 28'S 170 05'E Miles traveled in 24 hours: 91nm Miles traveled total: 666nm Miles to go to Minerva: 152nm