Days 3,4,5 of Pacific Crossing
01 May 2012 | 17 19.740'N:110 47.603'W
On day 3, we had no winds. We were at the mercy of the swell and we drifted 2 miles easterly in a 10 hour period. After downloading the weather grib files, we decided to find the winds that were located south & west. We turned on Ethel and motored through the evening and night.
On the morning of day 4, we turned Ethel off and began to sail nicely until 12:30pm. The winds died and we drifted westerly for the next 4 hours. Around 4:30pm, the winds built and we sailed with the main, mizzen and jib all night long.
Day 5 greeted us with large confused seas from the north and west. We continued to sail all day and night with main, mizzen and jib. Right at sunset, a bird we named Lucky, landed on Tanga. He liked his accomodations so much, he decided to stay the night. He must have thought we looked suspicious or smelled because he stayed on the bow spree all night. But of course, as all big birds do, they leave behind a big mess of poo.
All in all, we're doing great. We're doing alot of sailing, alot of resting and sleeping good on our off time at night. Oh, and every time we drop another 100nms, we both give a WOOHOO!
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