Monday, April 23, 2012

Day 19 Mexico to Marquesas

April 22, 2012
7PM boat time

Position at 0300 April 23, 2012 UTC: 07°38'S 135°51'W

Day 19: Mexico to Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia

Only 228 nautical miles remaining to Hiva Oa, Marquesas and it looks like we'll drop anchor in the early morning of April 24, 2012.

Spent the morning temporarily off the wind so we could run the water maker, Honda generator and enjoy more kindly motion to do some basic boat chores. It was mainly for the water maker, which has a tendency to suck in air when we sail fast, playing hell with the pump. Unfortunately, our proper course to the Marquesas is a beam reach with SE swell on the beam making for a bumpy ride with occasional spray into the cockpit.

Had a fish on the line long enough to drop all sail, hove-to and then take a big splash into the cockpit soaking everyone and everything before a frustrating LDR or long distance release. So, no fish for dinner. The good news is our vegetables and fruits are holding out well 20 days after purchase, many without refrigeration, just sitting on the counter in those funny green plastic bags that preserve foods longer... and actually work.

Still plenty of squalls around today, but nothing with more than 28 knots... so far. High humidity paired with air temperatures in the high eighties is keeping it sweaty and sticky. Sea water now up to 84.3F.

That's all for now.

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