Day 9 – July 9th
35 deg 50.0’ 149 deg 10.2’ W
Half-way café was a hit! Just prior to dinner a pod of whales greeted us with a spectacular show. Full breaches, splashing water with their tails they entertained us for a good 20 minutes.
The appetizer " It is Tim’s fault surprise” turned out to be Haggis 😊 I guess he was vividly against those when discussing provisions and our quartermaster allowed her a little joke. For the record: Tim had a second serving!! Ede’s Beef Stroganoff, prepared by Marie Mortimer was a hit as well. We then toasted to Neptun with a shot of Dimplomatico Rum and he greeted us back with a splash! A wave came right across the cockpit as we raised our mugs for a toast.
It was another dark night where the ocean and sky blended into a black blanket. During the night, the driver looks closely at the compass, dimly light with red light. Not much else to go by as the boat bucks around like a wild horse and the other instruments can’t keep up with it.
The morning greeted us with the winds a bit further aft, and the sun tentatively poking through the clouds sending some rays of light to the ocean. The foulies came off and we are now sailing with just a light wind breaker – what a world of difference!!
Late in the morning the winds moved finally aft of the beam and the yellow chute went up. After 1,300 NM beating into the wind this now closer to what was in the brochure. We can just hold the kit but it’s up there, yellow & bright moving us along on course to Maui.
A shout out to Robin Larose, DJ at Rock101 radio station and sailor. Thank you for picking up on the Vic Maui race and bringing it on air! We will play some good rock music as we zero in on Maui.
Until tomorrow – Salient out.
Christof Marti (skipper)