Friday, 7 August 2015

As Time Goes By ~ Day 16 to the Marquesas

06 August 2015  ~  Position 07 25S 130 08W at 1730 UTC, 0930 Boat Time (We have moved to Alaska Time!!)  0530 tomorrow NZ Time.
Course Over Ground 255dT, Speed Over Ground 6.5 knots,  24 hour run 163 miles.

 Good weather is still holding, clear skies all yesterday afternoon and into the night, clouded over after midnight with a few squalls just before dawn to interrupt our sleep rations.  Wind E 15 - 20 now but 10 - 18 overnight, up and down and all around with the squalls.  The squalls weren't bad but hard to tell on radar, just see the line of black marching towards us and prepare ourselves just in case, then wind drops out and we put sails all back out, then along comes the next one, sails reefed in again.  At least we are not bored!!  Still flying double reefed main, jib poled out to windward, got lots of southing in yesterday.

only 4pm and it feels like dinner should have been ages ago
Big news is that today has got 26 hours.  Daybreak wasn't until 0820 this morning, getting a tad late really so we have decided just to do one time change now of two hours and will do the remainder of one and half hours on arrival.  So this morning at 9am we had the morning radio net, then we had breakfast and then I changed the clock, watches, tablet, smart phones and computer to Alaska Time!! 

Feels quite warm for Alaska and it hasn't encouraged any mountains to appear on the horizon but makes for a change.  It will get dark very early tonight though, but the upside for me is that tomorrow morning when I come on for my second shift at 0530 I will only have to wait a little while before it gets light.

Still no more fish, not impressed at all, was hoping to fill the freezer up.
So the ongoing question ......  ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?   Well, as I finish this skipper is hand steering down the waves having fun and I am holding on whilst trying to type.  We are just about to click over the 500 miles to go, getting there, tick tock, tick tock. 
Current planned landfall is the island of Tahuata, just to the southwest of Hiva Oa where we can check in.
You can see our progress  on a map on our mailasail blog.  
Position at 2350UTC when sent via satphone 07 39.09S  130 52.56W 

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