TIME: 2016/05/08 18:10
COMMENT: Beach House – En Route – Marquesas Islands – Day 12 – 175 nm (7.3 knot average for the 24 hour run)
Yesterday the winds were 20 knots early in the day and with the reefed main and reacher out to windward on the pole, we were averaging almost 9.5 knots for the first 10 hours of our daily run. Then alas, the winds died off right around mid night and we slowed through the night.
This morning, we\’ve around 12-15 knots of wind and have hoisted the main back to full. Still not the blasting start we had yesterday, but the winds are supposed to pick up starting this early evening and staying strong to stronger over the next 30-40 hours. We may re-reef before dark, we\’ll check conditions then.
This hasn\’t been our fastest passage, but to date, in 12 ocean crossings of over 1500 miles, this has been by far the most comfortable.
For the most part, the swell is just at a slight angle to our stern and the winds on a broad reach (which means pretty far behind us).
The boat loves this condition and just keeps a keepin\’ on.
Nikki is enjoying the ride and with her finger still a bit out of commission doesn\’t want to do all that fussy sail work. I can\’t (and don\’t) blame her.
This is just too easy so far. (Can you hear me knocking on wood?)…
Scott and Nikki – 1065 miles to go!