We have covered over 300 miles in the past 48 hours; a new record, and this is without much help from the west setting current. Still maintaining over 6 knots despite the attempts of the squalls to slow our progress last night. Yesterday the waves subsided and the sailing was awesome. Unfortunately it never lasts and we are back to 20+ knots and 7-9 ft waves. Still under double-reefed main and looks like we’ll keep it tucked in.
Napuka island is 30 miles off our port beam and our destination of Raroia atoll is 130 miles SSW of our position. Hoping to make Raroia by tomorrow morning right at slack tide at 10:00 am.
Caught a yellowfin tuna yesterday but threw him back because he was a bit too small and we wanted to let him grow. Have a larger squid lure out now and hoping to snag either a tuna or dorado for the freezer.
We are more than ready for the calm, clear, protected waters of the atoll. We are going to set up our ‘fort’ with shade, hammock, kayak, bbq, compressor, dive gear and pool float and not go anywhere for a whole week.
We have concluded that covering over 3,500 miles in less than two months is a bit excessive and we are looking forward to island hopping through the Tuamotus and Society Islands. We would have loved to spend more time in the Marquesas but we only have a three month visa in French Polynesia.
One big advantage to the French owning these islands is that we are never short on baguettes and fresh brie. Our afternoon appetizer sessions are always a boost to morale. A special thanks to Danielle (my Mother) for sending us off with a jar of jalepeno and apricot brie topping; I can’t tell you how amazing that tastes out here in the middle of the ocean!
Hope all is well back home.
May 13, 2014
14 01.8 S
141 45.0 W
Wind: 20 – 22
Seas: 7 – 10 ft