We have found some clear wind and are now making good time to the south. The wind prediction and forecast is for easterly wind, we have been experiencing winds between south east and east south east. This has meant that we continue to sail on a close reach as we try and make some easting. Over the last 24 hours we have only achieved a gain of three miles to the east.
Although its not the most comfortable point of sailing we have become accustomed to dropping into and crashing off waves. But, it would be nice for the wind to move around to the east and let us have some freedom to bear off onto a reach. The pilot chart shows a ninety percent chance of winds from the east or north east for this time of year so I am banking on the law of averages to deliver some easterly wind in the next couple of days.
No fish have taken our lure since the near miss yesterday. In fact, we haven’t seen much aquatic activity, no flying fish have landed on deck since sailing from Honolulu.
Jessica and I are doing six-hour watches, with me doing the midnight to six in the morning watch. Very nice to have company and share the sailing load. Spare time is taken up with books and movies. Unfortunately, it’s too bouncy on board for the guitar.
The weather is getting hot now. We rigged an additional shade over the cockpit yesterday which helps as the sun is always from astern on the trip south. Everybody is healthy on board after the camembert episode. Of course, there is considerable discussion about the menu and what concoction we are going to serve up next.
One luxury we still have on board is cold beer. I topped up the ice chest before leaving the Waikiki Yacht Club. We also have a couple of bottles of cold New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc on board courtesy of Richard. I reckon another two or three days maximum before the ice is gone. Voyage distance 343 miles.