The passage last night was pretty good with a beautiful full moon and only a couple of squalls. We made good time with the genoa poled out to starboard and the main double reefed. The wind was from the ENE between 15 and 20 knots and the seas were only about 2 meters.
I had a scare with the genset raw water pump (the one I replaced - at great expense - in Tahiti) but I think we had just got some air in the intake and the pump lost it's prime. It appears to be working OK now but I'll scream if I have to replace that pump again!
We've got about 48 hours to go before we get to Suwarrow. I'm really hoping we can make it in during daylight hours as the pass would be difficult/scary to try to negotiate in the dark. The thought of heaving to for twelve or so hours is unappealing to me. Besides, the wind forecast for Monday is 25+ knots and seas over 3 meters. Yuk!
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At 7/16/2011 9:27 PM (utc) Rutea's position was 14°54.84'S 157°32.25'W
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