Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Galapagos to Marquesas Day 14

31st July 2017

Current Position: 08 46.4S / 128 49.0W at 0200 UTC, 2000hrs boat time. SOG 8.7kts. COG 251T. Wind E12kts. Sea State White caps and lumpy. DTR 595nm. 24 hr run 176nm.

Sailing dead downwind is not our best point of sail. Unlike a monohull we don't have the luxury of being able to set our sails wing on wing. Due to the position of our shrouds or backstays as they are called on a Cat we can't let our mainsail out very far before it bumps into these. So for us it is a matter of keeping the main and a tiny bit of jib out on the same side. alternatively we have the option to run with either only the main or the jib up alone. Neither of these combinations make for optimum speed by a long run. So here we are just plodding along. Can't do much about it just have to be patient.

Today's big news, well the only news really, is that we caught two decent sized Mahi Mahi at the same time. After the filleting process was complete we now have six meals bagged up. The captain is ecstatic. He loves eating fish and just can't get enough of it.

The sunrise, 0815am and sunset, after 9pm are getting later and later and are playing havoc with our watch keeping. I think that tomorrow we will have to change our time zone to Sitka Alaska time. That's if we don't want to be seeing the midnight sun pretty soon!

All is good onboard and we are nearly there.

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