Friday, March 2, 2012

Another Hundred Mile Day

Passage from Panama City to Galapagos
Day Eight
Noon Thursday, March 1, 2012 to Noon, Friday, March 2, 2012
Noon Position: N 00.54.91 / W 087.21.02
Distance covered in 24 hours: 120 nautical miles
Distance Covered from Panama City: 748.6 nautical miles
Fish Caught Today: 0
Fish Caught on Trip: 2 (not kept)
Motoring: 0 hours
Sailing: 24 hours
Drifting: 0 hours

We sailed all day at various speeds. The seas continued to be large through most of Thursday and started to lighten up on Friday morning. The wind is heavier than predicted – but still under 20 knots – so certainly good sailing. The seas are what continue to slow us up – they are confused enough and large enough that our sails tend to collapse and stress the rigging and the sails. It's fine if the wind stays steady – but it tends to be up and down a bit.

It's been more than a week and we are settling into life at sea. You learn to be flexible in more ways than one. What to cook, when to cook, when to eat and when to do log entries. We are getting better and better at knowing the boat and her quirks and how she sails best.

Our friends on the boat Avatar are now in the southern hemisphere. They crossed the line this morning around 0900. We are getting closer as well. Note our latitude now has two zeros in front. We're excited.

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