Miles traveled in 24 hours: 135
Miles to Fanning Island: 136 (tomorrow - we hope - come on winds!)
SURVIVING THE ITCZ!
After watching it rain so hard yesterday that we couldn't see the front of our boat and everything (almost) that we own was wet, we were wondering if it was time to open Karen and Ed's gift - The "Oh Shit" bottle of Pendleton Whiskey. Not quite yet, but we did decide to have an ice cold Longboard's beer. It tasted wonderful after not having anything fun to drink for a whole week - Aloha!
Then the doldrums hit - no wind. So we motored and charged the batteries for 6 hours. The rest of the day, we fought squalls, rearranged sails (again and again), cleaned up messes - the usual cruising stuff.
We had a wonderful sail last night - 15 to 20 knots of wind and the stars and moon were shining. We had a few small squalls come through, but nothing big.
4am we had a little "incident". Doug announces that our bilge pump was running, but not working. He had to explain that a few times to me. After some investigating, the bilge pump just needed to be primed, which he quickly took care of - my plumber running around in his underwear - very cute. Good thing. No one wants to think about water in the bilge - especially with all of this rain!
This morning, we had a few more squalls, but lots of sunshine. The wind has changed direction and coming more out of the east, so we are having to change our sails in order to make Fanning easily. Hopefully, we will have enough wind to get us there to make slack tide tomorrow, but I will be happy to just be anchored outside the island tomorrow. It will just be a wonderful treat to "not" be moving!
Hope all is well with our Family and Friends - thinking of you!
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