TIME: 2016/09/15 19:53
COMMENT: Beach House – En ROUTE – Bora Bora to Suwarrow (Day 3 – 170 nm)
We had a fair amount of wind yesterday and it lightened more or less all night. We now have about 16-18 knots from the E, occasionally SE.
We are expecting to make landfall sometime mid day onward tomorrow before dark.
Yesterday was a bit bouncy, but good sailing and we kept our 2 reefs and staysail up till early this morning when we finally started to add a bit more sail.
We currently have the full main and genoa poled out to starboard with 189 nm to go.
Our challenge is, that we see some strong predicted squall lines in our last 12-18 hours, forming to our North and Northwest as we approach Suwarrow.
This will begin for us around 0600 UTC (8 pm or so local time).
We may have some sail drills all night as the conditions may last till the middle of the next day before they dissipate. Big gusts and lightening are always the concerns and these type of squalls may have both. There is a big front to our south and this is sort of the northerly extent of it; it won\’t last long.
It could be a big nothing, but we\’ll keep that old weather eye out. The full moon will help (if it\’s visible through the clouds) and our radar can be heaven sent when looking for the really big rain buster\’s.
Scott and Nikki