May 26, 2013
Position: 14°09'S 161°41'W (0130UTC May 27)
This morning I downloaded a weather GRIB file and WW3 wave model to evaluate our routing options. Western Samoa was three days away, but the last day the wind would build to 20+ and it looked like we would get smacked by a strong frontal passage. Suwarrow was less than a day, but then how long would we need to wait for weather from there? We decided to keep moving west toward Samoa and the faster we could sail the less crappy weather we'd need to endure near Samoa. I went to work swapping our small overnight spinnaker for the big daytime spinnaker and aimed for Western Samoa. Later in the day our local wind that was forecast to be 15+ knots dropped to 11 and we slowed from the high 7 to 8 knot range to 5 to 6 knots. With Suwarrow only 114 nautical miles to the NW we decided to head up 30 degrees and improve the apparent wind angle and get the boat moving a little faster and maybe we'd think about stopping at Suwarrow once again.
Last night Kathy made an awesome pepperoni pizza using a dough recipe from our friend Cinda of s/v Songline. We spent a few months in the company of s/v Songline last year in American Samoa and about 33 days ago they set sail for Hawaii. We're follow email updates and it's a voyage that tests even there zen like patience as they slog it out up the rhumb line.
Cinda's s/v Songline pizza dough
Makes 2 medium pizzas with fluffy crust.
3C all purpose flour
1 package yeast (quick rise is preferred)
2T cooking oil
1C warm water 120-130F
Combine flour, yeast, salt and oil in bowl.
Add warm water and knead for 5 minutes.
Let rise, covered until almost doubled in size.
Roll out into pizza shapes. Note: using a pastry paper under dough makes it more crusty.
Let rise for about 10 more minutes before adding toppings.
Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes.
As you can tell it's been a pretty low key voyage as I'm blogging a recipe. We've avoided any high drama thus far, like fishing with the spinnaker up. Maybe tomorrow we'll indulge in some chaos by trying to hook a big fish. The only thing I've caught so for on this trip is our cat 'Shell' on the roof last night. A big no no to be outside the cockpit, especially underway. I gave her a squirt with spray bottle and she retreated indoors with a protesting meow.
That's it for now.