As we are nearing the center of the great Pacific High, winds dropped and the engine ran for a few hours. Just as we got ready for a swim, the wind picked up unexpectedly. Sails go up and once again we are propelled by the wind alone! The sailing conditions have been perfect for almost 24 hours now: So close to the centre of the high, that is amazing! Frank was put on leave as everybody wanted to drive the boat.
Last night String Theory glided effortlessly under a star light sky, following the Milky Way north. Saturn and Mercury on our port side and Jupiter on the starboard we are slicing through the water leaving a sparkling wake behind.
Passing through 1,000 NM north of Maui and Eric's birthday was reason to celebrate and the crew was given double rations of rum during Captain's hour! For dinner we had salmon filet, roasted potatoes in a olive oil and balsamic sauce, sweet corn and Cesar salad! In lieu of a birthday cake we baked chocolate chip brownies.
On day 8 we still have fresh vegetables: Romaine salad kept really well in our fruit hammock. Tomatoes and Peppers are still going strong (no need for refrigeration). The bread did not get moldy and we will be using the last bit of it today. After that it will be wraps and fresh baked bread for the second half of the voyage.
A bit of sail training today with crew over board practice and heavy weather sailing skills in rougher seas as a squall went through. Great fun, and the off watch must love us now for all the racket this caused below deck. Good times, half way point expected in the next 24 hrs. Team ST out.
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