We made it out of Pago Pago yesterday as the sun was setting. On our way out of the harbor, the autopilot (that I just rebuilt) decided to lose its mind and was turning the opposite direction to the input from the control unit. We quickly disconnected it from the wheel and hand steered out of the bay into good sized seas. We cleared the green entrance buoy marking the off-lying reef and bashed out to sea. Once a few miles off the island we set the monitor windvane and Ellie caught her groove and started doing what she does best – tear away miles. We have made 100 miles towards Tonga since leaving yesterday evening. A favorable current and 15 knots on the beam are making for a fast and pleasant passage. We are expecting the winds to subside even more by tonight so I’ll need to try and fix the autopilot so we aren’t having to hand steer while motor-sailing. A somewhat difficult task on the first day out when the stomach has yet to acquire sea legs.
We’ll write again tomorrow. Have a great weekend!
July 18, 2015
15 38.9 S
171 49.9 W