Blog #3 - Aug 4th
Dancing with squalls
It is already a week since we left Maui and we have sailed a thousand nautical miles, almost two thousand kilometers. Later tonight or earlytomorrow we should be at our half way point. After initially having some electrical issues (we had to change the alternator two days into the voyage, Dave once again proved he can fix just about every thing on the boat), skipper John allowed having showers. A welcome treat in the tropical heat.
The last two days have been marked by squalls. If hit just right, we get a nice boost and String Theory accelerates like a race horse out of the gate. Depending on the time of the day, the crew is more or less enthusiastic about getting doused with rain. What is a welcome cooling off in the afternoon, we try to avoid at night.
Today black watch had an incredible ride through one of the squalls. The spinnaker up, they hit it just right and got top speeds of 13+ kts, String Theory was skipping over the water like surfboard. Heavy rain drenched the entire team.
With the exception of the odd flying fish, the unfortunate Mahi Mahis ending on our hook, a couple white pacific seabirds and a few sailing jellyfish (the have a vertical sail, much like a windsurfer and sail across the ocean driven by the wind) there is little wildlife we note. On the bright side, we spot very little garbage. A few fishing floats and piece of line and a few bits of Styrofoam is all we encountered
Today we had a brief chat with the sailing vessel Discovery (a Passport 37) she is on her way from Hilo to Seattle, at the time about 12 miles on our stern. Later we connected with Red Sheila and talked to Jim Ines who is sitting at anchor on his boat in the Gulf Islands some 1,400 miles away. This is quite amazing (Jim Ines competed in the 2012 Vic-Maui race).
As I am writing this Venus appears on the horizon, indicating yet another day is about to begin. The sky gets lighter in the east, other stars slowing disappearing as the first hue of yellow and orange coats the distant clouds.
PS: A big thank you to Gunnar, who provides us with remote weather routing through inReach. Sometimes this must be frustrating for him, as we sail off his recommended course during happy hour to avoid spilling our G n Ts. Other than that though, we try hard to follow Gunnar's advice!
Aloha from String Theory.
Christof is the owner and operator of Simply Sailing. An enthusiastic sailor he loves to share his knowledge with other sailors.
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