Thursday, August 8, 2013

Day 3 - Suwarrow ,Cook Islands to Apia, Western Samoa

LATITUDE: 13-42.66S; LONGITUDE: 169-39.54W
Miles traveled in 24 hours: 112
Miles to Apia: 120 (will arrive Friday - yeah)

Land Ho!

It was nice waking up to see big islands on the horizon this morning. These are the Manua Islands, which are part of American Samoa - we won't be stopping there. Next, we will sail by American Samoa - we won't be stopping there either. We should arrive at our destination tomorrow morning around 10am. That is one of the challenges of these passages - going fast enough to get there on time, but not arriving in the dark. Doug does an excellent job of managing this for us.

Since the seas were so lumpy, we had to take down our main sail yesterday and just sail with a poled out jib. So, it slowed us down some, but definitely made it a more comfortable ride, plus less stress on the boat, and that was what we were looking for. Crew needed some rest. Which we got - sprawled out on the settee/couch!

Today, it looks like a nice easy sail with lighter winds and lumpy seas (of course). But we are almost there.

Envious - Evergreen is already in Pago Pago, American Samoa, eating cheeseburgers and french fries! But, glad that they are safe and hope they enjoy a piece of the good ol' USA. It is supposed to be a great place to provision.

Next time you hear from us, we will be at a marina relaxing. Looking forward to it!

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