Across the International Date Line
27 January 2019 | 11 01'N:178 35'E, Under 500 to Majuro
As you can see from the title and my position, QUIVER's longidutde now ends with an �"E' and not a �"W'. Another fun and exciting milestone to meet, QUIVER has now crossed the international date line. As such, I have set the ship's time to Majuro time, which is 2 hours behind, or more accurately, 22 in front of Honolulu. We have also crossed under the 500-to-go threshold in reacing Majuro.
Today has been much slower than the last few days - the trades have gone soter around my location - but this was in the forecast, and that same forecast shows wind strengthening pretty significantly over night and then staying strong for longer than it will take me to reach Majuro. Going wing-on-wing or super deep was very lame in this light of wind, so we are instead two-sail broad reaching to keep the boat moving, although our heading suffers as a result. There is no free lunch.
Fishing operations have just resumed onboard, and I will be dragging the Marauder lure behind the boat at sunset. An ono (washoo) would make this passage simply perfect, but I won't sneeze at a mahi-mahi. I have had enough skipjack tuna for a while, though I wouldn't turn down a small ahi. These are truly first world third world problems to have.
Being surrounded by the sea, the fish, and yes, even the birds has been invaluable in again freeing myself of the realities of the so-called �"real world' and re-gaining inspiration and motivation for this journey. Sitting in traffic, sitting in a class room, staying plugged into the 15-minute news cycleÉ It all seems so distant yet so close. It's only been two weeks since I left society alone, and yet QUIVER is appraoching her first real landfall of this voyage, close to 2,000 miles downwind. From Honolulu and university life six weeks ago to the outer islands of Maui and Kauai, and finaly a long ocean crossing before reaching a remote series of coral atolls on my sailboat; my life has changed significantly in the last few weeks. Most of the fear, anxiety and uncertainty surrounding this plunge into the unknown has already been alleviated by stoke for the adventures and experiences that lie in the near ftuure.
Stoked to get to the Marshall islands and advenure for a bit. Ready to get off the boat for a minute.