Last night was a magical sailing night – one to remember. The wind was only slight but a constant six or seven knots. The sea was calm with bio luminescence shimmering in our wake. The only noise was the sea as we passed through at three or four knots. So comfortable and I slept well.
This morning at ten the wind backed to the south east as hoped for, we can now lay a course towards North Minerva Reef without having to tack if the wind holds true. This afternoon the wind picked up and I reduced sail to lessen the pounding and spray. We are now ninety miles away from North Minerva and should arrive around breakfast time. A good time to arrive, I need daylight to see what I am doing entering the lagoon inside the reef.
The sun has been out all day and the batteries are now fully charged again including the other electronic gadgets such as torch, speaker, phone, iridium, computer, iPad, hand held vhf radio etc. It’s marvellous that just a couple of solar panels can keep everything working without having to use a generator or engine for power.
Not sure what the weather will be doing next week in New Zealand. I expect to get an update from the weather Guru Bob McDavitt tomorrow. I hope there is an early window of opportunity as I am ready to get home.
Time flies when you’re having fun. I just realised its eight days since I left san Francisco. Days at sea run into each other, there is no demarcation or need for holidays or weekends. When I look at the daily progress on the chart it seems so small but its steady and relentless, day and night until we arrive.
Two years ago, I was not even considering sailing across an ocean by myself. I didn’t even contemplate going to Alaska on a yacht. Once you open your mind to opportunities it’s amazing what you can achieve. One can always find many reasons not to do something – but the fact is you only need one reason to do something.
Today we had the breeze from astern again. Not much sail trimming to be done, just set it up and sit back for the ride. It’s not the fastest sailing but it is relaxing – apart from the occasional roiling. It will be nice if the wind holds steady through the night and not the up and down winds we have been experiencing for the past three nights.
The sun made an appearance after an overcast morning. I had shorts on for a while until it became too chilly in the wind. Still a wind chill, even at twenty-six degrees north.
I ran the engine for fifteen minutes. Just to make sure the batteries are topped off. Normally the solar panels take care of all the boats electrical loads and I don’t need to run the engine for electricity. However, the last days have been mainly overcast so I just wanted to make sure I had plenty of electrical juice in the tank.
I just watched ‘A Fish called Wanda’. An old movie and years since I saw it first. Still quite funny as you would expect from John Cleese. Quite a star-studded cast, even a young Stephen Fry has a part in it.
Beer o’clock will be beer this evening. Last night I had Mount Gay Black Barrel rum. Excellent rum, but pretty strong if you have to be up and down playing with sails all night. Voyage distance 1,047 miles.