I guess we can’t have our cake and eat it too…
The great wind we have been enjoying finally brought the swell with it. The wind piped up to 16-20 knots and the swell has become mas grande. We are averaging 6.7 knots over ground sailing beam-to the wind and seas with a double-reefed mainsail and half-furled jib. It’s a roller coaster ride to the finish line. Princess is not so amused at the current sea state. She is dreaming of a stable home on land with a dish washer….better get into port FAST!
We are 335 miles from Hiva Oa. If we maintain over 6.5 knots we may be in as early as Friday evening. More likely is that we will need to slow down on the last day to make landfall on Saturday morning. Either way, looks like we will be anchored in Atuona by Saturday mid-day. We are both very excited for landfall.
I wasn’t able to make water yesterday because we kept getting run down by strong squalls. They were about an hour apart and brought high winds, confused seas and driving rain. I wanted to make water today but it’s so rough we may just conserve water until the sea state subsides a bit.
Last night we had to alter course to avoid a Japanese long-line fishing vessel. We were on a collision course so we altered course to the west in front of him. The boat was pretty large, about 150 feet long and lit up like a sports stadium. He had AIS which was helpful. We passed about 2.5 miles apart.
Anyone know how to make dim-sum? If so, email our at-sea email address. We’re thinking Chinese tonight..
06 30 S
134 34 W
16 knots from the E
6-8ft swell from the SE with 3 ft wind waves on top