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At Sea – The Big One

June 1st, 2009 · No Comments

Left Wreck bay at 07:55.  All the boats know that you are leaving for the “big one” so give you a good wave and sometimes hoot their horn.  Motor sailed to start with to fill the water tank from the water maker.  We have a good hot shower when we are making water!  Then a lovely reach sometimes holding over 8 knots for long spells.  As we went past Santa Maria, (Floreana) there was 10 knots wind acceleration and then a wind shadow.  Finally got to predicting this after the same thing happening off the Canary islands and Cape Verde Islands.  Lots and lots of Storm petrels.  The side of our wake seems to bring what they eat to the surface.

We have another boat close by that left at the same time.  Beach House is a 51ft Catarmaran.  We check into the Radio nets.  There is one in the morning at 14:00 GMT and one at night at 23:00 GMT.  You get to hear progress on the other boats and their weather.

Position: -1.874,-92.044 at 07:00 local, 14:00 BST
23hr run from Wreck Bay: 157 miles by GPS, 152.3 miles through wqter.
2847 Miles to Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands ETA at 5 knots: 00:04 GMT 25th June
Wind: SE  10-15knots Sea: SW swell 2m

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg