Ghosting


We departed Pago Pago in a wind that built to 20 knots close hauled. That was ok, it was the 4 meter (12 foot) waves on the beam that made the ride very uncomfortable. After 24 hours of discomfort but making great time the wind started to moderate and shift toward the beam. The waves dropped to about 1.5 meters and shifted toward the stern. After a night of rain the sun came out and we had a very pleasant sail. Unfortunately after 24 hours the wind continued to drop to about 7 knots. We found a hole in the ocean. The good news is the waves are now at about 0.5 meters. The bad news is we are making about 2 knots. We have the jib polled out as we are heading almost directly down wind. As I write this we are about 100 nm from Vava u, Northern Tonga, our destination. It is Friday on board but Vava u is both on the other side of the date line and in the next time zone. It is Saturday there and an hour earlier. This is not such a big deal because customs and immigration are closed on the we
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Transit – St. Thomas to the Panama Canal

We departed Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas with more than a little bit of trepidation. Jimmy Cornell of “World Cruising Routes” strongly advises against making this passage due to strong Easterly trade wings and high seas. We did experience 25 knot winds and 10 to 12 foot seas but Reboot handled them without a care. We ran the 9 day 6 hour transit with only the jib. The most it was ever unfurled was about 50%. We ran a good portion of the time at 35%. We arrived in Colon at 10 pm est. After sailing through the harbor entrance we attempted to find the marina. We turned back when we discovered a sunken wreck. We motored to the small boat anchorage and spent the night on the hook. In the morning we motoored to Shelter Bay. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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