Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Day 6 Samoa to Penrhyn, Northern Cook Islands

January 23, 2012 4PM local (Jan 24 0300UTC)
Position 08°33'S 159°31'W
Speed 7.1
Course 106T

90nm remaining to Penrhyn Atoll, Cook Islands, so we'll arrive early on Thursday January 24, 2013.
We found the wind around sunset last night and have been bumping along with 20 knot winds and 3 meter plus swell and wind waves smacking us on the beam. Unlike a monohull sailboat, catamaran's don't like beam seas as they tend to smack into the sides of the hulls. Underdeck slamming isn't very common, but having waves crash into the near vertical sides of the hulls is not conducive to a restful sleep. All day to day we've been pushing more to the ENE, so as winds continue to build we can make a turn in a few hours and assume a more 'off the wind' course reaching toward Penrhyn. The extra northing has been hard won today as we've kept the hatches and front door mostly closed up as spray sheets the deck. When the clouds part it gets darn hot this near to the equator, so at the moment we have the front facing front door open at risk of catching a little spray. So far so good with only a few drops making over the threshold the last couple of hours.

Kathy and I just finished reading 'Wild' From lost to found on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). By Cheryl Strayed.
A great read and a big thanks out to my mom for sending the book in a care package to us while we were in American Samoa. The book helped me relive some of the hundreds of trail miles I hiked on the PCT during my teen years. The feeling may wane, but my interest is piqued. After 8 epic years of adventures on the sea, maybe an epic land journey might be in store.

Our plans remain fluid and highly changeable. But, today's thought contains ideas about sailing North to Hawaii in the next few months.

That's it for now.

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