Day 10 - July 10th
34 deg 02.3’ N 150 deg 0.4’W
What a night! After the long-awaited spinnaker run, the wind died, and we were struggling along, pointing the boat in any which direction to at least get her moving. Shortly before 10 pm, it was pitch black, and we heard dolphins next to the boat! They streaked through the water creating a ray of bioluminescencent light. It was too dark to see the dolphins, but the light-show they put on was dramatic as the criss-crossed under Salient’s hull. The winds slowly picked up through the night and we are now sailing once again close hauled towards Maui!
Today the sun came out, and with blue skies and we are listing to 80s tunes as we plow through the waves. We are still under white sails, but at least it is warm, sunny, and we are pointing towards Maui without standing on our ears! In eight knots of breeze, we enjoy the shade of our mainsail on deck as we work on sail trim to keep us going in the light air.
In the morning during our off watch, it was time for boat maintenance: Engine checks, steering cable inspection and clean out the bilges. Three buckets full of water had collected in all the nooks & crannies and were removed. We need to keep the boat light and sail fast! Sadly, one of our bags that contained a stash of oatmeal leaked and had to be discarded: Oatmeal for the fish!!
We are now less than 850 NM from Maui, just over four days if all goes well, but it is still a long way to go. Total distance sailed to date: Almost 1,600 NM and most of that against the wind!
Tonight on the menu is Indian Curry with rice & salad. Add some spice to the day!
Until tomorrow – Salient out!