Position at time of writing:
Speed avg 6.0 knots
Wind 10 -12 knots from SSE
A perfect sail right now – beach reach in seas with a long, consistent swell pattern.
We have a Garmin GPSMAP 720s chart plotter mounted in the cockpit just next to the steering wheel. It’s touch screen, has neat features like 3D view and fish finder, and with the new chip for French Polynesia, it’s been our TV for the past 18 days. As I’ve mentioned before, we check out ‘miles to go’ regularly and try to figure out our approximate ETA. But we don’t have to do the calculations anymore; now that’s we’re going to be arriving at our waypoint within 24 hours, it does the count down for us!
What’s funny, and a bit confusing, is that we’ve been operating on Vancouver time (UTC -8) for most of the trip. We figured it would be easier that trying to figure out where and when to adjust the clocks. In our little world right now, the sun sets at around 9:30pm and doesn’t rise until 8:30am. Marquesas time zone is actually UTC – 10.5 (I believe), so we’ll be arriving 2.5 hours earlier in the day than our chart plotter indicates. Great! Maybe we will have enough time to blow up the dinghy, set the stern anchor, and go to shore before the sun sets…..
Katy promises to dive onto land. I plan to kiss the ground. Ben is going to drink 10 tropical cocktails and go MIA for at least two days. Will looks forward to actually wanting to drink a beer.
We don’t really know what to expect from this small town on remote island in the pacific but, man, we can’t wait to find out!!!!
145 miles to go!!! ETA: sometime tomorrow afternoon.