Apsara's Log: Week in the South Pacific
Hello friends and family,
|Monday, May 31, 2004
|Clear starry night, 80 degrees, 10 knots of East wind
|Position: Generally, thousands of miles from anything, specifically,
07 24 S 118 44.4 W
In good spirits the crew of Apsara continues their passage to the Marquesas. We have now sailed 1700 miles are now 1250
miles from the Marquesas. Here's what's been happening aboard over the past 10 days:
The Sailing: The sailing for much of the week has been the best in my life. For days and days we had beautiful 15 to
20 knots winds on our beam (the side). Apsara flew gently along, surfing down the blue, blue waves at 8 to 10 knots,
over and over and over again for three or four days. The motion was calm and comfortable without rolling. This is as
good as it gets!
Since then things have changed around a lot but in general we have not had as much wind as we'd of liked and in fact are
now motoring slowly.
What we are reading: Adam is working his way through Thomas Pychon's "Gravity's Rainbow" (760 pgs), Sharon is reading
"Hitler and Stalin, Parallel Lives" - (we don't know why) (1185 pgs), I am reading the Bounty Trilogy (600 pgs)Nancy is
halfway through "War & Peace" but has given up.
What we are watching: The Southern Cross on our porthand every night, a waxing moon, shooting stars, phosphoresce in the
water, dolphins, our dwindling supply of fresh vegetables.
What we eating: Mahi Mahi, Molinari salami sandwiches, fresh baked homemade currant scones, blue berry muffins, Peet's
coffee, Tuna 5 minutes from ocean to mouth.
Who's out here with us: For the first four or five days we saw no sign of other human life. Finally we saw a few very
large Korean (?) fishing boats headed north, probably after raping the ocean down here. Since then nothing.
What we really, really want:
- Squid attacks: The first several days our decks were littered with squid bodies (and black ink); on his night watch,
Adam was beaned in the forehead by a 6 inch squid (coulda put his eye out!).
- Cool weather: surprisingly, the weather has not been hot and sticky like the Atlantic crossing
- Nancy, the watermaker repair woman, spending 3 hours fixing the watermaker so I could "waste" 1/2 a tank washing the decks.
- Halfway dinner of Pouille Fusee wine, mahi mahi, green beans, and brownies with whipped cream and berries.
- Nancy jumping up and down yelling "get em! get em!" when we hook a fish.
Where we'll be later this week:
- Three knots more wind (16 instead of 13) from 10 degrees more south
- More fish
Happy Memorial Day, sorry we missed the picnic,
- Still in the middle of the south pacific... but if the slight winds hold, we'll arrive in the Bay of Virgins, Fatu Hiva,
the Marquesas (10 28.5S 138 26.00 W) some time early next week.
Scott, Nancy, Sharon, and Adam
The faithful crew
Post Script: Daily stats:
Day Days run* Avg Spd Total Miles to go
1. Sat 22nd 174 nm 7.25 kts 174 nm 2,794
2. Sun 23rd 175 7.25 349 2,621
3. Mon 24th 187 7.8 536 2,437
4. Tue 25th 156** 6.4 692 2,283
5. Wed 26th 191 7.96 883 2,090
6. Thu 27th 203 8.45 1,086 1,887
7. Fri 28th 190 7.92 1,276 1,695
8. Sat 29th 167 6.95 1,466 1,555
9. Sun 30th 140*** 5.83 1,606 1,421
10. Mon 31st 175 7.25 1,781 1,250
* Days run: this is prior day's noon position to current day's noon position. Thus, this is a point to point measurement and is
equal to the total miles sailed only if the course for the entire 24 hour period was a straight line. In other words we
usually sail further each day but the traditional measurement is noon to noon miles.
** No wind motored for 12 hours
*** 140 nm this is low because we gybed (turned about 45 degrees) halfway through the period