Sitting in the cockpit in a light rain. I am protected by a temporary cover while my new storm hood is under construction. The sun is setting and there is a gentle breeze. That helps keep the mosquitoes away. XO was cuddling for a bit but is now sitting on the opposite side with his forepaws tucked under his body. A nice night. Fair winds and following seas  🙂

Light Air Sailing

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

Rain, rain

A long night of light rain.As long as the wind is very light we are reasonably comfortable. The cockpit has a sun cover when we are in port and two of the hatches also have covers that permit them to stay open. When the wind comes up we have to batten down the inside of Reboot gets very humid and uncomfortable quite quickly.I have started my research on taking Reboot to China. It is somewhat depressing. A round trip flight from the Philippines is about $425. To take Reboot in (as opposed to parking Reboot in the Philippines) looks like a minimum of $5,000 US. I am trying to get more current information. Very few boats have gone to China, mostly apparently as part of an international event. In the meantime I will continue to target reaching the Philippines in November when the cyclone risk moves from the Northern to Southern hemisphere.Fair winds and following seas 🙂

Via Inmarsat:

Dawn after a night off light rain showers. Becalmed for about 2 hours. Wind filling in and getting back some way. Everything in the cockpit is wet. 1744 nm to go to Nuka-Hiva, Marquesas. Yesterday we moved Davyd s kiteboard from under the dinghy to inside Reboot. It was sitting on top of the hatch for the forward stateroom. The stateroom was very damp and needed more airflow. We picked up the dinghy, untied the kiteboard bag, moved it, and resecured the dinghy. On the bow in 6 foot seas. Fun! As I write XO is sunning himself on the Lido deck a.k.a. Davyd s lap. 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

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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