Day 8th – The Day in Numbers & a Swim
37 d 42.4 N 149 13.0 W
Last night we passed a first milestone: 1,000 NM north of Maui. We have now sailed almost 2,000 km since leaving Lahaina on July 23rd. 1,300 NM to go until we get back into Canada. Our position is at the same latitude as San Francisco, about 1,300 NM to the east, equidistance to Cape Flattery where we will enter the Juan de Fuca Strait. Soon we will be at our point furthest from land around 1,100 NM from anywhere. That is about the same distance as from Vancouver to Baja California.
We can barely feel the wind on our skin and Salient is ghosting along at a slow pace. The Pacific Ocean lives up to its name. Salient is ghosting along at a slow pace as a gentle swell heave her up and down. The ocean is breathing, gently. Peace.
The water temperature is shy of 22 degrees C. The air temperature is perfect for shorts & t-shirts. Unfortunately, this speed is too slow to fish. I think we can make out the bar on the horizon with Mahi Mahi tacos, cold Bikini Blonde and Cuba Libre.
On the topic of food: Feeling a bit hungry mid morning, I could not help frying up a few slices of Spam. My watch loved it. With a bit of HP Sauce on top, a delicacy! My race team did not approve, and I could not bring a single can of Spam on the way to Maui, but this team loves it 😊. We will have to add another check box on the application form for next time!
Later in the day, we were becalmed took the sails down and finally went for a swim. A thousand miles from anywhere, with the closest land 5,000 m strait down. We all jumped into the deep blue ocean. The water is unbelievably clear and of the most intense blue colour. It is a strange feeling to swim that far from land. A swim around the boat and a dive to inspect rudder & prop. Still no mermaids to be found.
After a shower on the transom, we found our bar and had beer & burgers. Mahi Mahi tacos for tomorrow. We inspected our mainsail & Jono our sail maker patched up a few chaffed spots and on we went. With the wind speed under 3 kts, we started the iron spinnaker and plan to motor for the next 24 hrs.
We now switched from Honolulu Standard Time to Vancouver Time. The sun is gently lowering over the horizon and another day in paradise comes to an end.