18 March 2009 | underway
What a sunset. This is the show the sky puts on every night. Couldn't be more amazing. Days are melting away as we vector in toward our destination of Fatu Hiva, Marquesas. We have 610 miles to go and should arrive on Saturday, March 21st. Our spinnaker is doing double duty in helping us toward this goal. She's up and flying day and night. We've nicknamed her Ella, as in Ella Fitzgerald. She's able to take this Pacific stage solo, without the mainsail blanketing her and push us more than 200 miles each day. It's funny, boaters name things like autopilots, watermakers, dinghies and sails. Zen got her name in a unique manner. Tommy and I are pretty superstitious about changing a boat's name. We always want to stay on the good side of Neptune. When we went to Maine to tour Zen for the first time w/the yacht designer, Chris White, we stared at the long original name: Katzenjammer. Short and sweet were what we were hoping for. After many iterations, Chris said to us in the dinghy, as we circled her in Southwest Harbor, "Take off the beginning and the end, you're left with Zen." Done! Deposit was made 24 hours later. Zen is pretty happy these days sailing west, downwind, flat and fast.