Day 7 - finally, the sun makes an appearance!
11 July 2012 | under the high
Today is day 7 of our Vic-Maui run. And a run it has been, ever since the wind filled in! Our noon fix put us approximately 1600 nautical miles from our final destination. The last few days have been pretty fast and furious, having us barreling along in 20 to 30 knots of wind, although a couple of nights ago we lost our wind instrument so we've been using the Beaufort Scale to gauge the wind speed. So far, our boat speed record, held by Benjamin, is 11.4 knots. The weather was very consistent for the past several days, bringing us (aside from favorable strong winds (hooray!)) cloudy grey days and DARK nights. No stars, no moon, no horizon; just the feel of the wind, the sound of the waves all around, and the light of the sailing instruments and binnacle to drive by. It's taxing to be sure. This afternoon, when the sun finally broke through, crew morale improved greatly. Mark cooked a delicious dinner, and we are listening to our Anchorage friends the super saturated sugar strings on the stereo as we enjoy our surroundings in the new light. We are hoping for stars tonight! P.S. So far, the funniest meal has been the mashed potatoes Becky made last night in which she put sweetened condensed milk. I had told her there was a can of milk in the galley that she could use - but I didn't realize it was sweetened condensed! She thought it looked kind of weird, but threw some in there anyway. Benjamin and Bill liked it, but suggested it might be even more delicious with green jello. A new thanksgiving favorite? I don't recommend it.