Leg 3 - Marquesas Day 12 - A mixed day

Martin and Elizabeth Bevan
Sat 15 Mar 2014 02:15

Position           08:25.53S 124:17.17W

Date                1200 (Central American Time) Friday 14 March 2014


Distance run - 174nm over the ground, 167nm through the water

                        Distance (OG) covered from start 2,099nm

                        Distance to destination 825nm

                        Original distance to Marquesas (straight line) 2,962nm


High points of the day:


            We kept the cruising chute up for 24 hours, despite a particularly good broach at 0330 just after I had taken over the watch from the Mate.  Fortunately I was sitting next to the winch and was able to release the sheet which restored some semblance of order. The cause seemed to be a random gust on the back of a squall.


            Bacon and avocado rolls for lunch.


            Tortellini, italian sausage and pesto for dinner.  Courtesy of Trader Joe’s in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, via the freezer.


            Coming up to midday the squalls cleared and the wind settled down to allow us to track our required course to the Marquesas once more.


            At 1900 passing the 1,000nm to go mark.


Not so elevated points in the day


            Overnight we both had a series of squalls going through, as in 20+, all of which had the effect of altering the wind strength and direction so that constant adjustments of course were required to keep the boat moving under the cruising chute.


            Occasional excitement – see broach above.  Flapping sails whilst the boat is brought back under control have an ability to make any situation seem much worse than it actually is.


            Enough rain to be a nuisance and not enough to wash off the decks.  The morning had once again a decidedly Highland appearance.  As in “If you cannot see down the Glen it is raining and of you can it is about to start”.


So all in all a good day!