TIME: 2016/05/14 18:06
COMMENT: Beach House – En Route – Marquesas Islands – Day 18 – 185 nm
Well yesterday, we sort of just sat around and looked at getting the boat ready for arrival, so at first, we forgot to get the boat going fast!
We pulled the 1/2 furled reacher out of the laundry room, raised it and stowed it. A few damaged parts, but it will be easy enough to repair.
We then sort of just watched the world go by at around 6.5-7 knots with our full main and genoa poled to windward. It then seemed a decent strategy, but we realized that wasn\’t as Nikki says, \”going to get the baby fed\”. This, we did all day!
So late yesterday, we hoisted the wet spinnaker (which we\’d last stowed a week ago!), which we had to dry out anyway and kept it up all night. We did 110 miles in around 12 hours, averaging just over 9 knots. The wind was 16-20 from the ESE and we were bookin\’ for the barn. We will do around 215 miles from our 0400 UTC position report on the Pacific Sea Farer\’s Net when we report again tonight. So, Miss Piggy still rocks!
Today, we\’ve about 65 miles to go and will arrive at the south end of Fatu Hiva just around dark. This will make the trip a total of about 18 days, 6 hours.
Not too bad considering all the muss and fuss we\’ve had going on the last several days including the 4-5 days of not much wind just after the quarter way mark. The rudder is still slipping on the port side, but it\’s a manageable fix, just a pain in the rear to keep re-aligning it in the engine room every 3-6 hours.
Our friends on \”Blowin\’ Bubbles\” arrived at Fatu Hiva last night and we\’re looking forward to a rest, a hike and a glass of wine with them tomorrow!
We\’ll send in a final report and report of safe landfall sometime tomorrow as well.
KIT, thanks for everyone\’s notes, emails and support!
Scott and Nikki