Day 7 of passage to Marshalls
21 January 2019 | 18 0'N:170 36'W, 100 miles NW of Johnston Atoll
For sure the most interesting thing to write about at the present is the eclipse that just occurred!!! My buddy Sean, who sailed on QUIVER to Kauai, texted a few days ago and said "hey, be on the look out for a blood moon lunar eclipse Saturday or Sunday night. Not sure if you'll see it or not. Says mainly mainland USA and parts of the Pacific."
With no major expectations, I kept an eye towards the brilliant full moon all night lsat night and saw nothing abnormal. This evening however, around 8 pm HST I looked up from down below, and to my amazement saw the moon was 1/3 blacked out. Gradually, the eclipse went to a full lunar eclipse with a red blood moon feature, as Sean had relayed. I've been out during lunar eclipses and stuff before, but this was really pronounced and on a beautiful clear night. Very memorable. Thanks for the heads up Sean! My picture is very blurry, I should really learn more about moon photography and videography; could be a useful skill for the journey that i'm on. Suffice to say, this picture surely does not do the sight justice.
Very headed south easterly pressure has driven us north of west for much of the day, but that pressure is easing off and should back to the east, allowing us to make alot of miles pointed right at Majuro from here on out. Average speeds have been increasing, we are going slowly right now, but the last two days saw us put in some good miles. Should be getting back on track for a 16-17 day passage, and putting QUIVER into Majuro right around February 1. Notice our longitude of 170 and a hafl; we are sliding west steadily and will sail ourselves across the date line in a few days.
I have finally finished the tuna and mahi mahi from the first few days and have re-commenced fishing operations onboard the QUIVER. No strike at sunset, but the lure will be back out in the AM. For now i'm just going to leave the cedar plug on - it has proven very effective after all - but if we stay slow and there's no bite by late monring, i'll swap it up to something else. A nice ono (wahoo) during this passage would be truly epic and memorable. Fingers crossed.
I fired the motor up for 10 minutes this morning just to move us past a dead-air spot after a squall passed. I could have easily waited, but want to run the motor periodically. With the solar and wind generator charging the single 8D battery and minimal power loads (oftentimes just the fridge and mast light), I have not had to run the engine for days and days, which has been nice.
Our breezy SE wind has backed off significantly and there should be a bit of a light-air transitiion zone before we reach the easterly tradewinds that will take us all the way to Majuro. It's going very much lighter as I type this (late Sunday night). Could be switching to a bigger head sail and to the autopilot soon, as it's getting quite light for the wind vane to work well.
All is well onboard the QUIVER, Ronnie out aloha
1,240 nautical miles to Majuro. By the time we reach the one week mark at sea (tomorrow), we should be at about 900 miles sailed and just over 700 made good.