Day 4 - One More Day to go to Suwarrow Atoll
21 July 2016 | 13 40.88'S:161 37.64'W, Between Bora Bora and Suwarrow Atoll
Date & Time: 8am July 21, 2016 Location: 13 40.88S, 161 37.64W
Days at sea completed: 4
Distance sailed in the last 24 hours (nm): 130 Distance sailed total (nm): 595 Distance to go (nm): 90
Wind Speed & Direction (knots): SE 9 Waves (ft): 1' chop + 6' swell from various directions
About thirty years ago I stated racing with a skipper named Jim Morris. Jim was very accomplished in local racing circles, had a great boat, and a fantastic crew. Even though his crew often thought him crazy, and always thought him stubborn, I learned a lot about sailing, and life, from him.
Jim govern his racing tactics by a few short sayings that he believed strongly in. Sayings such as, "the current won't take you onto a rock," "there is always wind in a twenty-four hour period," and "get rid of all your non-deductible debt because the effective interest rate is really twice what you think." Ok, the last one applied more to life on land, but It was an important lesson as well.
Over the last twenty-four hours, on this passage to Suwarrow Atoll, I thought a lot about whether there would be any wind in this current twenty-four hour period. Since yesterday morning we have been motoring almost non-stop, surrounded by squalls which don't want to share their wind with us. From time to time there has been a little bit of wind, but not enough to keep the sails full in the offshore swells, which are constantly trying to knock the wind out of the sails. We will reach Suwarrow atoll today, early this evening in fact, but there won't be enough light to enter the pass. So, we will stop the boat, heave-to a safe distance from the island, and wait for enough light to enter the pass tomorrow morning.
I don't mind taking one more day, and just an hour ago the wind did in fact build enough to set the sails once again.
Bobbing around out here has given me plenty of time to think. I've realized that Jim's saying really do apply to life as much as they do to sailing. We all need a little wind in our sails each day to move us along. And, if we are patient, and look for it, we can usually find it. As well, sometimes it is best to not fight the current situation and go with the flow. Generally, that current will take you around the rocky spots in life.
Oh yeah, Jim, about that non-deductible debt. You can check that one off as well.