Since we are in a marina I rented an air conditioner. The primary reason was to keep XO cool when I left him shut up inside Reboot. He has now taken to sitting on the air conditioner. He is heavy enough that his weight resets the controls. Usually turning the unit off. Well, I tried.Fair winds and following seas 🙂
06000ZOCT2017 00 25.772 S 105 19.118 E Most sailors prefer the westbound route around the world. Dubbed the “coconut route” it has much to offer. The prevailing winds are from the Southeast as are the waves. This gives a rocking chair ride. It also requires little in the way of constant sail trim. The downside is that since you are running away from the wind it takes a stronger wind to achieve the same boat speed. This is what I expected on my current trip. But I am very near the equator (about 25 miles) so well north of the easterly trades. What I am instead experiencing is light northeast winds. The good news is that I am going upwind. Reboot s speed generates apparent wind so the wind seems stronger than it actually is. The downside is I have to constantly trim to keep Reboot in the “slot.” So far I have been able to maintain an average speed of 3.8 knots in about 6 knots of wind. That is great. About 100 nautical miles to go including “crossing the line.” As a “Shellback” not quit
Passage Weather says light air. Fiji Weather says 25 to 30 knots. Who to believe?
Another day of light air. We flew the asymetric all day. Even so at times we were only making 1.5 knots. Most of that was current. At sunset the wind picked up a little and we made some progress. Unfortunately the asym takes a couple of people to hoist and drop. We stand watch alone at night so we switched to the jib. Since the wind is on our stern the apparent wind is almost nothing. Ghosting along once again. Fair winds and following seas 🙂 Please note your reply is limited to 160 Latin characters or approximately 135 for non-Latin characters. Sent via Inmarsat. The mobile satellite company