Pinch punch first of the month; and happy May Day
Bank holiday! April 2023 is over and will be our first ever entire
month spent without sighting land!
Under 400nm now to the Marquesas!! When we look at the
screen of our chart-plotter we can see Hamble Warrior on the same screen as
land for the first time since we passed the Galapagos Islands several weeks
We had a lovely evening last night and enjoyed our
dinner under the stars. It was a quiet and uneventful night; we left reefs in
both sails and made some good miles in decent conditions.
Today has been an equally quiet and uneventful
day. The wind eased a little more than expected and we took the reef out of the
mainsail shortly before midday.
This afternoon we took the decision to furl away
some of the headsail and fashion a temporary repair to the UV strip that has
been coming away from the foot of the sail these last few days. Jamie managed
this fairly easily but had a harder job of cutting the headsail sheet on the
port side and re-splicing it where it has once again chaffed through on the
spinnaker pole. After much adjusting of the other lines we managed to get the
clew of the sail within his reach and he was able to cut and re-splice it. We
were both glad when he was back in the cockpit and the headsail was re-set. Definitely
time to put the kettle on!
We have had another good day's run of 131nm. We will see what the next 24 hrs brings but we are
currently still expecting to make landfall later this week.