Position at time of writing:
Speed 7 knots
Wind 15 – 20 NE
Miles to Nuku Hiva: 1427 nm
Not much to report today. I’ve been trying to nap for the past couple of hours so am a bit groggy. The seas have continued to be uncomfortable for the past few days. Right now we have a large swell coming from behind us as well as a sizeable cross swell that hits us on the beam every so often. There’s wind chop on top of that. Last night I got pooped in the cockpit by a wave – there I was at 3am with my fleece, pants, hair, and cushion completely soaked with sea water. Will was also unlucky – a squid jumped onboard and hit him on the shoulder while he was dozing in the cockpit.
We’re still in good spirits but we’re now kind of looking forward to the ITCZ (Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) where there is less wind and hopefully flatter seas. Something different! The ITCZ comes with lots of squall activity so we will try to cross it at it’s narrowest section. We’ve been amazingly lucky with all the wind we’ve had, but it would just be great to be able to put the motion out here on ‘pause’ for a little bit. Five minutes of STILL would be awesome!
We’re proud to say that we will reach out halfway point tonight!