Fw: 14 days at sea
Tue 3 May 2011 19:42
10.30 S 130.10 W
Two weeks today since we left Academy Bay, Santa Cruz.
The last three days have been sunny and clear.Nights too have been mostly clear with an odd light shower accompanied by increased winds. Last night we had stars from horizon to horizon with our trusty friend the Southern Cross now higher in the sky to the south.
Trades have lightened off and are predominantly easterly which means we are about 80 miles now below the rhumb line from Galapagos to Fatu Hiva. Trying to maintain our latitude, or creep back up towards the line whenever we can. We only have about 1/2 knot of current with us at present. Wearing main and gennaker whenever we can.
Fishing continues inspite of a complete line and lure (hand crafted by Dickie) leaping overboard, and the loss of another! We're now hoping as we get closer to the islands there will be more fish about! We are persistent if not successful! Every morning we do a collection of flying fish that have joined us overnight!
Geoff and John cooked a beautiful scrambled egg, bacon and tomato brunch today which we enjoyed with a Bloody Mary. Dickie and John are now working on the generator (while the sea is only 1 metre and they can work in the engine compartment on a more even surface and without the sea joining them), Geoff and I reading as we continue to head west. As I write we have 505 miles to go and all is well on board. We should arrive at Fatu Hiva on friday 6th our time.
Have heard the news on BBC of Osama Bin Laden's demise.