We are on day 16 of our crossing to the S. Pacific. It is a challenging task to take on by all means- even with all of our modern conveniences like auto pilots and chart plotters. We are still at Mother Nature's mercy and there are very few things we can accurately predict, much less control. It's really hard for me to imagine how people used to make this crossing without any of these modern electronics or ways to stay in touch with those they left behind on land. I think of us as being pretty brave and courageous with a fair amount of stamina, but they must have been over the line!
Shipboard life continues to be fairly smooth. We are now on a port tack, however, at a 15 degree heel, so that makes everything we try to do a little more difficult and trying to stay upright is definitely a challenge. It even makes sleeping harder as we try to figure out which end up is more comfortable! We also have a whole new set of creaks and groans to get used to and have settle in to consciousness.
Now the new moon is waxing. It's 18 percent tonight will cast a beautiful moonglade on the water after dark until it sets about 22:19. Although already present, once the moon disappears the stars will be ever so brilliant and we will be privy to the southern constallations as well as the rising of Saturn. This moon will be great company all the way to Hiva Oa as we sail a new line, over the line.
R of Rutea
At 4/6/2011 1:45 AM (utc) Rutea's position was 00°13.20'S 131°01.48'W
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