Pretty shit day. The skies have been solid grey
and overcast from the minute it got light (not that the sun ever came up that
we saw) and it has either rained solidly or drizzled all day long. We filled
what little space we had in water cans early on so even the rain wasn't either
welcome or needed.
Mostly we have had good strong winds but they did
die off for a couple of hours around midday leaving us drifting. This
left us with a hideous motion to the boat until the wind filled in then we
returned to fairly brisk conditions with a moderate sea meaning no leaving cups
on the side like the last few weeks. We are most definitely ocean sailing again
With no sun our batteries have had no charge from
the solar panels whatsoever. Concerned we would have to turn our fridge off we
relented and turned the engine on to charge the batteries for 45 minutes. This
was the final insult to an already crap day. Although we didn't have the engine
in gear; and therefore it didn't provide any propulsion whatsoever, we had been
keen to cross the Pacific ocean without turning the engine on at all if we
could. To have sat all of those windless days around the Galapagos Islands
nursing our sails along and then need to turn the engine on due to lack of
sunlight was a real kick in the teeth.
Meep has been in his little basket looking at me
across the saloon where I am wedged reading my book in the corner. I have put
the fairy lights on to try and brighten the place up; and because they have
their own rechargeable batteries so they don't draw on our solar power. I find
it very comforting how unconcerned Meep is; his chilled little face always
makes me feel more relaxed. His ears only went back when Jamie tuned on the
engine; he looked genuinely shocked and concerned!
5pm to 5pm daily run is 118nm so that's a small consolation at least.
I would not recommend sailing as a hobby, mostly
because it is a truly terrible and inefficient mode of transport!! Never mind,
blue sky is chinking out astern of us, we are firing towards our destination at
6kts and tomorrow I will have forgotten all my terrible thoughts and will be
drifting on a beautiful ocean again… Lulled into a sense of optimism
about the voyage ahead but knowing deep down the ocean will get us again!! Its the
same emotional roller coaster you go through as a Spurs fan so at least I came
to this way of life prepared!!