Day 40??!!! Wowee! I can't believe how long we
have been at sea for now. It's crazy!! As of tomorrow we really will be on the
final countdown as we enter our "arrival week" and it's a very
strange sensation because I can't wait to be there and to put my feet on solid
ground again but I also quite like our little life at sea and our daily
routine! I'm sure as soon as we can smell land I will be desperate to get our
The conditions today have been a little more
lively than yesterday as the wind increases. I mentioned some weeks ago that
our wind instruments packed up so we can only estimate but I would say we have
been enjoying force 5 winds for most of the day; easing a little at the moment.
We have been seeing 6kts to 6.5kts of speed consistently with occasional 7kts and
"surfing" at 8kts; a number that hardly seems possible with the
growth of goose barnacles on our hull! These weird little things that look like
tiny Venus fly traps are even now growing on our windpilot (self-steering vane)
so we are able to get a reasonably good look at them… they are so creepy.
I'm not looking forward to scraping them off the hull although I'm not sure we
haven't read somewhere that they fall off when you stop sailing; hopefully!!
We left our full sails up when we went to bed last
night and reefed them around 4 o'clock this morning when the winds increased
and there was a little rain about. The sails have remained reefed all day for
comfort and the sea state has risen to a "bouncy moderate" (not
technically a nautical term but I always feel "moderate" is a bit too
Conditions on-board have been a little more
frenetic since the winds got up but we had prepared for this and there hasn't
been much to do so we have had quite a relaxing day; mostly reading again.
I decided I wanted to have a read through the
journals I kept when we first moved aboard Hamble Warrior in 2018. I knew these were in the very back of a cupboard where we
store all our sailing books and recipe books so I went rummaging. I managed to
find them but it was a terrible idea to go looking for them in the current
conditions. As soon as I had located the journals and started trying to replace
all the books I had removed, the boat kept lurching and rolling and all the
books in the cupboard started flying out at me like a scene in a Harry Potter
film! Every time I tried to grab a book and replace it a couple more would fly
out and hit me in the face. Jamie was taking his afternoon nap just a few feet
away so I had to try and get everything back in the cupboard without making too
much noise whilst I was repeatedly smacked in the face with flying hardbacks.
What a mistake! I finally wrestled them all back in and have now instructed
Jamie not to open the cupboard again until we are at anchor!! It was really
interesting to start reading through what I wrote 5 years ago though; starting
with our time in the boatyard in Greece when we were getting Hamble Warrior
ready to launch for the very first time. I quite like the idea of starting to
type up that first couple of years in Greece and the summer we spent crossing
the Mediterranean to fill in the gaps before we started keeping our blog.
There isn't a huge amount else to report from
today. We are very glad we have the winds now to carry us to Hiva Oa. I am
especially pleased that we still have sunshine and blue skies as I was
concerned that the increased wind would also mean squally conditions; so far so
good on that front but I will pray it stays this way. Other "business we
are watching closely" is some further chaffing on the headsail sheet where
it passes through the spinnaker pole which Jamie already re-spliced once; it
looks like it may need further attention. Finally the sacrificial UV strip on
the edge of the headsail is coming away and will need repairing soon.
Annoyingly it is out of reach from the deck whilst we are under sail and we are
reluctant to furl the headsail fully in the current conditions so again we are
monitoring it for the time being.
Otherwise all is well on-board. Meep has had a
sleepy day; like the rest of us. He has a tin of tuna on the go as his weekend
treat so he is enjoying that and is generally very content.
So the scores on the doors today; a decent daily
run of 133nm, leaving just 514nm to go. Looking pretty good for a Thursday
arrival at present.