Saturday, March 26, 2011

Lightest Winds So Far

We got overcast conditions and a light breeze from the NNE and our course is almost dead down wind - one of our least favorite points of sail. We've come up on the course about 30 degrees to a broad reach but we're struggling to make 5.5 knots. Earlier in the day we tried polling out the genoa but that was just too slow. It did, though, give us a good opportunity to take showers as the boat was fairly level (this morning Ruthie looked at Corie and me and said, "You guys stink." - we got the subtle hint!).

Things continue to work well though I've just discovered an error in my engineering of the output of the solar panels and the diesel generator. I'll have to give it some thought but, in a worse-case scenario, we just run the genset at night.

There are now 12 boats in the fleet, two having arrived in the Marquesas yesterday. On the other hand, we know of three different boats that were supposed to leave Mexico today. It's going to make for a busy radio Net!

We think of all of you fondly.
At 3/26/2011 9:00 PM (utc) Rutea's position was 15°59.62'N 112°44.45'W

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1 comment:

  1. As far as I'm concerned, you are like those pioneers in the covered wagons crossing America - very tough!