April 24, 2012
3AM boat time
Position at 1100 April 24, 2012 UTC: 09°58'S 138°20'W
Day 21: Mexico to Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia
We've been trying to slow the boat the last few days to time our arrival for daylight hours, but the wind has other ideas and has been building, so the net result is a wash. Thus, our arrival at Hiva Oa would have been in the dark, so we diverted towards Fata Hiva the most southerly of the Marquesas group. It's now 3AM and we have 28 nautical miles remaining to Fata Hiva where we plan to stay one night then a day sail for Hiva Oa to clear with customs and immigration.
Total distance sailed 2750 nautical miles (Cabo to Fata Hiva)
Total time underway 17 days 15 hours
Average speed 6.50 knots (slower than expected, but with a overloaded boat, light winds and conservative sailing, not so bad).
Everyone is excited for landfall. We hope to have a favorable discussion with the local police at Fata Hiva whom we hope will allow us to stay for a night. If so, then a hour hike to a 200' waterfall is the plan for the day.
That's all for now.
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