Hawaiian Time

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Wed 17 Feb 2016 22:29
Noon Position: 20 02.6 N 144 15.7 W
Course: West Speed: 6.5 knots
Wind: North nor' east, F4-5 moderate to fresh breeze
Sea: moderate Swell: north east 2 meter
Weather: sunny, mild
Day's run (25 hrs): 160 nm

The GPS clicked over into Hawaiian time (time zone whiskey, +10) as we crossed longitude 142° 30' W at 13.40 yesterday. (Argh! she's a dry ship after fifteen days.) All clocks have been duly retarded one hour for another 25 hour day. Now that we are getting closer I am starting to think more seriously about ETAs. Thus far we have averaged 132 nm per day, which is a consistently high average, and I think it is safe to assume that we will continue to make good daily runs, which would make our ETA Hilo late 21st/early 22nd. My weather forecaster tells me that a gale is expected in Hawaiian waters on the 22nd, something to look out for. What a nuisance!

In yesterday's fair weather I also managed to get the #1 headsail all rolled up, not perfect but good enough considering that I was doing it by myself on a narrow side deck with the wind blowing billows into the folds as I tried to keep it all under control. I did not even get cranky, which is good for me. So that is now sitting in the cockpit out of the weather, waiting an appointment with the sail maker. Also managed to get another coat of varnish on the dodger trim, that's four coats, three to go, but the waves are a little boisterous today and the risk of spray too high, so will leave the next coat for another day.

All is well.