As they say in football – today has been a day of two halves. From midday to midnight we romped along, reefed down, in twenty knot winds doing a comfortable six knots. At midnight, we had clocked seventy plus miles and all was good. After midnight we ran into a rain squall (probably a front) and after a brief flurry the wind disappeared.
Since midnight we have been ghosting along and now have the jib poled out to port and doing three to four knots in glorious weather but not much breeze. The forecasters wanted to give us twenty knots again today – oh how wrong they got it.
It looks like this light weather has blown our planned ETA for the 21st in Neiafu, we will most likely arrive on Tuesday now. Just another day to wait for a cold beer – maybe I should drink an extra one to compensate.
Last night we watched ‘Men in Black 3’ in the cockpit. Great movie – they don’t need to make any more MIB’s. The weather is still hot but absolutely no complaints. Two fishing boats turned up last night, the first vessels we have seen since leaving Christmas Island.
At lunch time today we used the last of our eggs. One was a floater so went over the side to Davie Jones. Fresh food is almost finished now, all that is remaining is a large onion from Honolulu. It still looks in perfect condition so suspect it has a similar upbringing to the atomic (never go ripe) tomatoes I experienced in Alaska. Total Voyage distance 1,130 miles.
Last night Jessica and I dined on salad, crackers and camembert cheese in the cockpit under the stars. An hour later I had stomach cramps, then Jessica got it. We were both violently sick. The Camembert was the culprit. It left us both feeling a bit under the weather for a while. No more camembert on board fortunately.
As expected, the escape from Hawaii is proving to be frustrating and tiring. After a good start we ran into areas of calm and light airs interspaced with rain squalls. All day we have been searching out wind, tacking, gybing, drifting becalmed, and motoring. The torrential rain from the squalls has cleaned the Honolulu dust and grime off the boat nicely but its all very exasperating.
Hopefully tomorrow we can break free from the island effect and head south with the easterly trades. Voyage distance 106 miles.
Last night was the Waikiki Yacht Club party. Another great party and I am partied out and ready for sea.
Richard departed early this morning, back to the mainland. Now its just Jessica and myself to undertake the final preparations for the voyage. First was the US Immigration and Boarder Protection at Pier 1. The clearing out formalities were straight forward and the cost reasonable at nineteen dollars. We then bought the fresh provisions, fruit and vegetables.
Once back at the marina I topped off the fresh water tanks before we let go around one in the afternoon. As we exited the entrance channel to Ala Wai marina the gentle lift of the swell under the keel felt good. A stiff breeze was blowing and soon we had staysail and reefed jib up doing six plus knots in the right direction, south.
I expect the first couple of days out will be a bit frustrating until we clear the wind shadow of the big island. Then we should have clear wind until we reach the doldrums before Kiritimati. Only another eleven hundred miles to go.