Sailing down the moon's brilliant carpet of leaves
26 June 2010 | From Anse Amyot, Toau, Tuamotus to Tahiti
Jib and jigger, they call it, meaning sailing with genoa (jib) and mizzen (jigger, on the smaller mast): With mainsail down, this allows wind to pass freely to the jib no matter which point of sailing. That's what we're doing right now, the wind picking up as I write, to 18 knots, and the boat is doing 7 knots over the ground and 8.5 through the water. I can hear rain up there on deck, for the third time tonight. With the rain the wind picks up then after a while dies away.
A moment before - before the rain - i saw we were sailing directly into the path of the moon on the water. How beautiful this appears! moonlight everywhere and the glittering pathway, stretching all the way, one could imagine, to Tahiti. I am really looking forward to Tahiti, perhaps there is a trace of the original beauty, if so I will find it.
Wind fades a little now, to 8 or 9, boat slows in response to less than 4 knots. Still on track though, all quiet but for an empty can rolling in the galley; Jack asleep on his bunk, Adrienne dreaming in her cabin, me on watch. 4:50 am, soon the dawn.
Papeete later today, perhaps if the wind holds, it's only 65 nautical miles. Problem being that if we can't maintain better than 5.5 knots, we'll get there in 12 hours, 5 pm, right on dusk.
Talk to you again, soon.
(Update; It's now 8:12 am Tuamotus time and we can see Tahiti, only 45 miles away!! However, once we reach the coast there is a further 17 miles down the west coast to the pass. This may take 3 hours on top of the 7 to 8 hours to Tahiti - say 11 hours