Saturday, April 17, 2010

Day 16 One of those nights

Lattitude 03 degrees 41.9 minutes South
Longitude 132 degrees 49.5 minutes West
April 17, 2010
20:00 Zulu (That's around noon back home)

Last night was one of those nights. One of those nights where the boat feels like it's on rails and knows it's way. We were harging forward on an ink black ocean punctuated by the white froth cast off from the boat and the Bioluminecent stars bursting into life in the water and just a quickly snuffing out. The wake glows. There were no clouds last night. Which is rare. The Southern Cross constellation was just where it should be in the south, not visitble to those back home, but visible to us on this our current home. The milky way spread from one horizon to the next. The moon had set so it did not hinder the viewing. Yes, it was one of those night. Surreal is a good way to describe it. Not many get to experience it, but it's well worth the price of admission. At least it is in my book. To cap it off as I watched the night sky a shooting star streaked across from horizon to horizon, leaving a glowing trail in it's wake. A trail much like the one our own craft is leaving in the ocean, quickly fading.

We have been making good time. Our 24 hour mileage wa 185 miles. All straight at where we want to go. The wind has been blowing on average around 13 knots. We are on a close jib reach and just trucing along. We have beneficial current which also helps. Todays mileage should be in the same ballpark as yesterday.

It's warm on board. Quality of life is much nicer because we each have fans over our bed. I can't imagine what it would be like if we didn't have those, but they make it very nice come nap time. As I sit here I look over at PJ who is having a nap on the our bunk in the salon being cooled by the fan.

Th end of this leg of our adventure is drawing near. We have 506 miles to go. At the current pace we should be able to arrive in daylight sometime on the 20th, but the wind can be fickle so we'll see how it goes.

All is well on Capaz. Thanks for reading the blog!


1 comment:

Seven C's said...

That sounds just fantastic! I would love a run like that :) The last time we had a run similar to that was down the Oregon coast - but we were motorsailing, so - not even close! :)