Madame La Mer and M'sieu' le Vent
15 October 2010 | Underway for Port Vila
Well, we are underway, at last! We left yesterday about 3 pm, and had a tricky moment when the engine began overheating - no raw water - as we were threading our way between reef and shallows; but the wind was kind, only a light breeze, but its angle allowed me to clear the buoy to port close-hauled, with just the genoa out. Adrienne hoisted the main, so we sailed our way out past the reefs; now I had a chance to get the raw water sorted out and we motored out Malolo Passage, the sun low, white water each side of us. Overnight, we've come some 45 miles since then. The wind started out just great - a beam reach at 12 knots - so we hauled up the reefed main and the mizzen, and went bowling along. It's going to be a fast passage, I thought. - Not so, most likely. The wind almost died away during the night, shifting from ESE to ENE, forcing us to gybe, not so easy in the dark. We had 8 knots most of the night. Broke the mizzen sheets so dropped that sail. Just now it has picked up a little and backed into the NNE. Lots of cloud and occasional rain. Forecasts for light winds next 48 hours. Averaging a course of 270 - due West.
So I am unwilling to guess which it will be when we arrive in Port Vila. You never know, we could get a nice sailing breeze, but once you're out here, you have to take what you get. Dropped down to 8 again. M'sieu' le Vent, s'il vous plait!!