To Marquesas 1700 gmt 25/03
David & Susan's Adventures
David & Susan Simpson
Fri 25 Mar 2016 17:49
Great sailing in the last 2-3 days. It was sunny on Wednesday and again today and with the boat speed frequently over 7 knots it has been boisterous, but really enjoyable, as long as you are not trying to cook or do anything below. We have done 325 miles in the last 2 days, just under a 7 knot average and have SE winds of about 20 knots.
Susan put out the rod today again and quickly got a catch. She had not set up the reel tensioning properly so the line got all tangled and the fish managed to break the line and head off with our favourite lure. I spent over an hour this morning sorting out the line, so a bit of training is called for this afternoon.
We are now 6 hours behind GMT and about to change to 7 hours, we are changing every Saturday to keep the daylight hours so that dawn and sunset are at a reasonable time.
We are running the engine twice a day for an hour to charge the batteries and this regime is working well and we have the autopilot on permanently.
We exchange position reports with both Chevaldy, a 30ft Bavaria with Sean & Sabine on board, and Amarula, a 50+ ft catamaran, with Eric & Lynne on board. We are also supplying Chevaldy with weather reports. Chevaldy left 15 days before us and are now just over 1000 miles to go. Amarula left 2 days after us and we expect them to catch us up sometime next week.
We will probably make water tomorrow as our port tank is empty and we like to keep the tanks topped up in case the watermaker develops a problem. It is difficult getting drinking water in parts of the Marquesas, so we will want to arrive with full tanks. We haven’t yet topped up the diesel tanks from our jerry cans and because we are leaning and bouncing so much we will try to delay this until we arrive – it shouldn’t be a problem as we are currently using very little diesel.
D & S