We sailed west from Suwarrow yesterday and have covered 150 very rolly miles so far. We are still 300 miles from Samoa, two days if the wind holds. The forecast was calling for a big area of dead air and low pressure to form over Suwarrow this week so we decided to pull anchor and ride the remaining easterlies to Samoa. It was a great experience and I’m glad I was able to dive the pristine reef before it’s gone.
Last night was tough. Inconsistent wind and squally. Had to run the engine for most of it and took the sails up and down about a dozen times in between squalls. Tried my best to keep a good attitude but broke at about 3:00am after the 11th time dropping the sails. We only have 12 hours’ motoring range now. Good thing we found the SE trades this morning. Now we just have to stay on this side of the front all the way to Samoa.
Too rough to write. Will try and send another update tomorrow.
14 08 S
165 20 W
6.0 KTS SOG