Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sailing from Fatu Hiva, Marquesas to Toau, Tuamotu

April 28, 2013
Underway Position: 15°23'S 145°50'W at 2000UTC

After 72 hours underway we've averaged 7.2 knots without even raising the mainsail. Spinnaker during daylight and jib only at night to easily manage the squalls. For the first time ever we are going without a preset watch schedule and it's working out fairly well, but not something I'm entirely sure we'll adopt long term.

We're approaching Anse Amyot on the northern side of Toau atoll, Tuamotu. It a familiar anchorage with great snorkeling and close to our rhumb line to Tahiti. The wind is going light so we'll wait a few days for things to fill back in before continuing the 225nm to Tahiti where we need to by cat litter and a few other specialty items.

Like we mentioned in a recent post we're backtracking through the South Pacific with the aim of arriving in the Northern Solomon Islands at the onset of South Pacific cyclone season in November. From there we'll traverse the outer islands of Papua making our way to Indoneisa where we hope to spend at least 6 months. It's 5000 nautical miles of sailing to reach the border of Indonesia, but surprisingly the longest legs of the voyage will be 500'ish nautical miles and we'll only have 3 or 4 of these long legs. The voyage we're wrapping up today will be one of the longest of the season at 550nm and at our average speed of 7.2 that's only 3 days and 4 hours.

That's it for now.

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