Day 2 of passage to Marshalls
16 January 2019 | 20 56'N:161 13'W, South west of Ni'ihau
Day 2 of the passage to the Marshalls has brought much the same as Day 1. More light air and very slow, mellow sailing. This is as predicted, so it's not a surprise. According to the GRIBs (weather files), I should receive a big wind shift and some more breeze that will help me get to the trades. It looks like by around Thursday/ Friday, I should be in �"the trades' and off to the races.
Last night, late, I was on deck when I heard something a couple of different times. Confused as to what it was, I was then hit by a wing or a foot, as a bird was trying to land. He backed up and then tried again, seemingly going for the dodger this time time. The solar panels on the dodger don't offer good bird-traction, so the guy crash landed off the dodger into a jib sail that is tied to the port side life lines. Pretty crazy. He quickly regained his footing and took a perch on the life lines for at least a couple hours. He wasn't shy of my flash light or my GoPro, and he kept me company for a couple hours. I am embarassed to say, but I don't know my birds well. This is a booby, correct?
Last night and this morning were again super light and shifty, and so I didn't get much sleep at all, as I constantly had to adjust my autopilot or sails. Finally this morning, I turned the motor on for a bit, twice, for about two hours total. After a brief stint of morning squalls and puffy conditions, things have settled back down to a mostly very slow, mellow Day 2 of the passage.
Brunch was bacon, egg and cheese on a croissant and dinner was fresh made "QUIVER citrus ginger poke" over rice, using some of the tuna that I caught yesterday. It was a really bold culinary decision to use that much ginger on poke. Really bold.
Conditions still super light right now, should get a huge header and shift later tonight, with more breeze. We shall see if the forecast is correct!
Aloha from QUIVER