We are now five hundred miles from Kiritimati. A large area of calms is showing up in front of us and appears to be growing by the day. This is the ITCZ, an area of calms, thunderstorms and variable winds we need to cross before Christmas Island. The current weather is overcast with rain, the winds are getting lighter as each hour passes.
The wind is still on the port bow, aa it has been since the first day out of Honolulu. Truce is still moving along nicely as we continue to work our way to the south with an allowance to the east. I think that by this evening the wind will be very light and the fun starts.
Once again the solar panels are not putting out enough charge to keep us topped up. I have switched off some non-essential items to conserve power until we can get a nice sunny day. The combination of short tropical days and continuous overcast skies is something I hadn’t counted on.
Last night’s fresh Dolphinfish Thai fish curry was excellent. Jessica did a fantastic job of cooking in a galley that was jumping around – not chef friendly. We decided not to have rice with the curry and cooked pasta instead. Neither Jessica or I like cooking rice without a rice cooker (one of mans great inventions) – it always sticks to the pan and needs cleaning off. I am sure the Thai’s and Italians wouldn’t approve the mix, but there are not here. It was good. Voyage distance 695 miles.