TIME: 2016/05/02 18:27
COMMENT: Beach House – En Route – Marquesas Islands – Day 6 – 127 -Our slowest day ever!
The day started promising with the big reacher up on a close reach, we were doing constantly 6+ knots. Then….POOF at 2 am local time.
The wind is just GONE. We\’ve 2 knots from the stern now which is useless for sailing. The good news is, the weather files say we should be getting the wind slowly but steadily back over the next 24 hours. When the new wind comes, we\’ll likely put up our spinnaker – the big colorful sail you see in all the sailing photos. It\’s got the most \”horsepower\” and as the wind will be then mostly behind us – should be the sail of choice.
The permanent South East Pacific High has quickly crept north and this is why we are the painted ship upon the painted sea – thank you Samuel Colridge.
We also see on the 6th, the trade winds will come back with true strength and hopefully stay with us till the finish. We hear wind reports on the radio and the vessels ahead of us definitely have more wind than those behind us. More however is a relative term…:-)
Nikki\’s finger continues to heal, It\’s very pleasant out here and cooler than you\’d think at night which is a plus.
Our engines are getting a bit of work (we\’re motoring as I write) and seem to be mostly behaving, but we are NOT pushing them. A little oil leak on both, but very small and the burning/by pass rate of the oil seems to be down quite a bit since we used the \”vent the crankcase\” trick.
Scott and Nikki