After 5 days of beating into strong winds and boisterous seas, conditions eased off a bit. At 15 kts breeze, the boat is still doing a good 8 kts on course to Vancouver. Yesterday we rigged the monitor wind vane. This is a self steering device that keeps the boat on a set angle to the wind. It is an ingenious mechanical device the solely relies on wind power to steer the boat. It works so beautifully that we decided to give it a name: So now Frank is doing all the hard work while the crew is lounging on deck, enjoying a cold drink during happy hour or shooting the breeze.
The last few days saw some confusion around what's up for dinner: On the menu was Thai chicken, chicken ties and chicken pie. It all sounds much the same, especially when pronounced by a Swiss. Many laughs were had over whether we will prepare a "pot pie chicken Thai" or was it a "chicken Thai pie". Beer & GnT for happy hour. The fishing line was out yesterday but no luck yet.
To date this has been a much windier and wetter return from Maui to Vancouver than in previous years. Or is it just that I tend to forget that the first few days are always a hard slog into the wind, with spray flying over the deck, keeping the crew in the cockpit wet most of the time.
Luckily it was warm and getting into soggy, saltwater drenched cloths at the start of each to watch (shift) was not as bad as it sounds. Bear in mind, this boat was slimmed down to a "race machine" so no dodger or anything else that was not needed for the race team.
Crew is happy though and all systems are running in the green. A couple boats had to return to Hawaii either due to technical medical issues. One boat is still sorting out rig issues in Honolulu. We are now 800 NM north of Maui, about a third of the distance to Vancouver. Aloha!
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