Hoping for Calm Seas Continues
21 July 2008 | Gabriella
gg and Todd
: My son is very brave as he just now had to dive under Gabriella to loosen up entangles line from the prop. Fortunately the line had freed itself and the job was over with Trevor safe on board. I did find my self having to dive in and refresh in the ocean water and it was so wonderful. With the going getting tough Todd and Renee keep standing up to the task at hand. They both are amazing for a first off shore sail and against the wind they are more than amazing ,extremely impressive. Janet is a joy to have on board as she will always find the positive aspect of any situation. At the moment it is looking like we are headed direct to the Phoenix Islands to the port of Canton which is deserted and 635 miles from Gabriella. The wind has been from the east so we have not been able to take a break into Western Somoa which we are now north of but Christmas Island is still a future hope. I will now turn you back over to Todd: July 21st 2008
The last few days of sailing have been quite the challenge. Sea conditions have not changed much since Fiji (wind 20-30 knots, seas 8-12 with occasional 15ft sets J ), so we have had various degree's of queasiness, however everyone is hanging in there. I even made dinner of coconut curried mahi-mahi last night. Although after spending half an hour in the galley I did not have much of an appetite. If it wasn't for Renee I don't think I would have been able to finish. Someone had to keep an eye on the stove while I went up for fresh air. Her fried plantains were truly a tasty treat although making them even rattled her rock solid sealegs.
As I write this, we are finally starting to see a little break in the sea and a modest decrease in wind speed. Our current coordinates are 11 31' S and 177 51' W and our current course looks to run us into the Phoenix group of the Line Islands in about 3 days. The last few nights have been amazing, albeit bumpy with full moon vistas across the seascape that is the south pacific ocean. I took a longer watch last night just to enjoy the moment a little longer. I think we are all hoping that the things settle down a little so that we can enjoy more comfortable sailing, but in the end part of the experience is the reminder how much we are really in control and our small place in the vastness of such an amazing world. It appears that today is going to be another day of watching seabirds and flying fish, keeping the bow pointed in the right direction to the degree that the wind will allow. Talking with Ted this morning after checking the weather forecast it appears that we should get some lighter winds at 8-9 degrees which will allow us to put up a little more sail and turn east towards or target at 158ish and right on the equator. I think we have all been pleased with the pace at between 5 and 9 knots, but we have gotten all 450 miles the hard way. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the closer we get to the equator the lighter we will travel but it certainly feels that the team spirit has developed with Ted and Gail blessing us with the benefits of their experience and friendship. For me this is absolutely a once in a lifetime experience. After crossing the Pacific "the wrong way" our California coastal waters seem much less daunting for us as new boat owners. What a great day to be alive!