March 1, 2013 @ 1000UTC or (midnight local time)
Position: 15°07'S 142°39'W
Speed: 6.0 knots
Tuamotu to Marquises passage report (Day 2 evening)
Sailing strategy for Tuamotu to Marquises
We got underway from Fakarava around 1pm yesterday, the SE trades had gone light so we motored out Passe Garuae and set a easterly course. Motoring on one engine at 2500 RPM we've been making between 4-6 knots of headway depending on sea state and the strength of the headwinds which have been up to 16 knots out of the SE. At present we have 1 knot of wind and the voyage plan is to make as much easting as possible before the trade winds fill back in and head us to the north. So far so good, we are now 195nm from our anchorage at Fakarava and we're hoping to snag another 100nm before starting the 300nm tack to the north with a planned landfall at Nuku Hiva.
Around 5PM yesterday Kathy and I were snacking on our last jar of wild Alaska caught smoked salmon mixed with cream cheese and served up on some Ritz crackers. Yeah, it's a rough life out here on the high seas :) In all actuality, opening our last jar of our coveted smoked salmon (that we caught and canned in Alaska in 2010) shows just how thin we are getting on food due to all the poor fishing results. Just after the last bite of cracker, we hooked up with a nice fish. We went through the drill to get the boat stopped, but within minutes lost the fish to yet another gear failure. For those keeping score this would be the fourth fish in a row that we've lost to broken fishing gear. Simply unbelievable! The tough part about all these loses is we were starting to get hungry as we rely on fish as our primary source for the dinner table.
A pretty low key trip so far aside from the lightning rich squalls that we've been carefully tracking visually and on radar and avoiding. The forecast promises strong winds for the last few days inbound to the Marquises.
That's it for now.