All through the night and up to one this afternoon we had a beautiful sail. Steady wind twelve to sixteen knots and running very comfortably towards Hilo at between five and six knots. Then suddenly the wind stopped blowing. We went around in circles a few times and then nix, nada, nothing.
By four in the afternoon I gave in trying to sail. On came the Yanmar engine and we resumed a noisy voyage to the south.
I am disappointed as the wind was forecast to be steady and at this time of year should be blowing trade wind style day in day out. Oh well, no use complaining, can’t beat nature. One thing you learn quickly when sailing is patience. The wind will return in its own time.
In the meantime, life on board goes on. The usual daily routines and checks. The usual long debates about what I will eat. I have no fresh fruit or veg on board now, it’s finished. My thoughts are turning towards Hawaii, what to do, where to go and fresh food. Anyway, mustn’t get ahead of myself, need to get there first.
In view of health and safety and the increasingly warm temperatures experienced, beer o’clock has been moved up to midday. The need to keep hydrated has necessitated this move. Five o’clock will now be called sundowners or cocktail hour as appropriate. Voyage distance 1,707 miles.