Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Day 1 - Suwarrow ,Cook Islands to Apia, Western Samoa

LATITUDE: 13-24.05S; LONGITUDE: 165-07.18W
Miles traveled in 24 hours: 119 (below average)
Miles to Apia: 386 (should arrive Friday)

You never know what to expect...

From everything we had heard and read, we were going to have a wonderful 4 days of easy sailing to Apia. We like that kind of weather report!

The winds started off light and the seas were flat when we left Suwarrow yesterday morning - like sailing in the Sea of Cortez.

Then the winds changed a bit, so we had to put up the whisker pole and go wing-on-wing. Winds kept changing, so we had to take it all down, put it all back up, take it back down. Picture lots of flogging and lots of noisy sails (and not much sleep).

Finally at 3:30 this morning, big black clouds moved in and the wind died. So, we fired up the engine. This storm system lasted for 8 hours and had lots of rain, but no winds and no lightening. I told Doug to stay in bed - no reason for both of us to be soaked and he needed some rest!

Now, the storm system has passed (we hope) and we finally got the 15 - 20 knots of wind that was in the forecast and are moving along. Hope they hold until we get to Apia. We need to conserve our fuel for motoring into the harbor. Looking forward to the marina luxuries and accommodations plus shopping - how fun. Hope Friday hurries up and gets here!

Happy 60th Birthday, Roger. Hope you and the family are having a wonderful celebration. Wish we were all together toasting Mai Tai's!

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