Day 17 Perfect Sailing Day
If there are times while cruising when you cant find the sense of it, and you keep asking yourself why you are doing it, that wasn't the case today. Just the contrary, we had a perfect sailing day. The wind was blowing 15-18 knots from the SE, pushing us almost straight west towards our next waypoint. The waves from the stern were powerful lifting Bamboleiro up giving us a really good push surfing with them.
If that wasn't enough, we also had a current of about 0.5-1 knots in our favor. The sun was shining but the breeze kept the day fresh and we hand-steered Bamboleiro during the day to give "princesa", our autopilot a break.
Averaging 6 knots, we covered a good piece on our chart: 137 miles
Day 18 Muffin Pancake
The wind tapered off throughout the afternoon and by sunset we were gliding along slowly. We celebrated the easy sailing with a dinner of tortilla de patata, asparagus soup and a glass of red wine. How sweet it was! After dark the wind fell off some more, below 10 knots so the waves tossed us around slamming the sails. We started up the motor and put putted slowly W until at 3am the seas calmed down enough that we could keep the sails full of wind and sailing.
After the long night of wine and motoring, we slept in late until after 10 o'clock. You see we haven't changed our clocks since the Galapagos so now the sun rises after 8am. It sets at 8pm too, which is convenient for us who like to eat dinner late watching the sunset. Here we are truly the masters of our own time.
In the morning we thought muffins for breakfast would be a nice change, but didn't want to turn on the oven in the heat of the late morning. We cooked the muffin instead in a fry pan and it turned out like one enormous muffin pancake. We devoured it for brunch.
Miles today 103
Day 19 Same'o Same'o
We're ¾ of the way there. We've jibed to the south west and our course is 240, direct to Niku Hiva.
Miles today 130
Miles to go 740