Cruising again

5/3/17

Hiva Oa was a beautiful stop.  We toured the town.  French baguettes available all over.   We met up with some fellow Puddle Jumpers.  And we met a French couple Patrice and Krystal.  Every time we turned around they were helping us with something.  Schlepping fuel or water, thirsty.  Great neighbors.  Their boat was the same Lagoon that Lynn and her husband John ran their charter business with in 2003-2007.  Flashback for her.

We were shopping for fresh vegetables.   Inconsistently successful.  As verdant as this place is, you’d think you could grow everything and anything in quantity.  Maybe you could but the fruits and vegetables here come from off island. Every couple weeks there is a supply boat.

We took on 30g water and 188 liters of fuel.  This did not fill us up but nearly did on fuel.  The watermaker will keep up with us fine for 5 days.

We were walking down the road and two young women approached us looking for crew positions to Tahiti.   Could be.  But on the day of departure  (today) they decided to stay two more weeks and participate in a marathon. Youth!  The wind changes and off they go. 🙂  They did come down to the anchorage to let us know.  Nice touch.

So it’s just Lynn and I as we head to Rangiroa where Nancy will join Spill The Wine and Lynn will return to her husband John at their home in San Francisco world.  Wind and seas are mild just now but a rain squall is brewing about 6 miles out.  That might be my second bath of the day.   It’s comfortable in the 10 kts following breeze at 88 degrees.  But if you move…. it gets hot pretty quick.  We are making 5 kts on jib only.  590 miles to go.  Should take about 5 days.  Goodbye Marquesas.  Hello 360 degree horizon. I think I’ll slice up a mango.

5/4/17 0100. (1am)

The first part of this evenings watch was moonlit making identifying the squalls quite easy..  now the moon has set and the stars are my next best tool. To starboard I have a great view of many stars.  To port it is dark.  Shower time? We’ll see.

Sea state is building a bit.  Earlier the boat was sailing pretty flat.  Now it is lumpier.  Moving about the boat requires more effort to keep your footing. What can i say.  Some people like this or that athletic endeavor.   I like to stagger about in my boat.  Should be an Olympic event!

Cruising is a different way to sail.  Don’t know when I’ve spent more time flying just one sail.  You want to fly enough sail to make 5 or 6 knots,  but no more.  More just makes the sail plan more work to manage.   Especially at night not worth it with just one sailor on watch. And it’s not a good day when you get caught by a squall with too much sail in the air. With one sail not much adjustment is required.  Just now the wind picked up a bit and she just puts her shoulder in and carries on.

The stars have returned to starboard.  That bit of rain missed me.  It feels good to be back at sea.  And the flying fish have not yet found me.

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