|Inclement weather brewing. The camera is more-or-less level and aiming at the far horizon, but the horizon has been obscured by a large wave rolling towards us. Luckily most of the waves were non-breaking.|
Sunday, May 2, 2004 (Day 9 of the Easter Island Passage)
My night watch last night passed very quickly and was quite pleasant. The sails were drawing well, the wind was steady, and the boat speed was great—what more could you want? The moon continues to wax and is now more than half full, so it stays up for my entire watch and provides some welcome illumination, although at the expense of drowning out the Milky Way and the lesser stars.
On my morning watch, the GPS "distance remaining" finally dropped below 1,000 miles and we all cheered. Of course, we are still not even halfway there, which is not too surprising—Pacific Ocean distances are vast!
Late in the afternoon, the sky became increasingly cloudy and there were rain showers visible here and there. It felt cooler, too, and I was a little bummed at the prospect of spending my night watch in cool rainy weather, compared to the benign and even pleasant weather on recent nights. Marcie's the one who usually gets the rain, not me. We managed to miss all the rain showers, just by luck, not by design. As dusk arrived, the weather improved and we had a spectacular and colorful South Seas sunset.
Overall the day passed amazingly quickly, and I did very little other than routine passage-making duties. I have been reading the book Beach Music by Pat Conroy, which so far has been very good—he's a good descriptive writer who provides lots of satisfying detail. When I started my 8:00 p.m. watch, David fired-up the ham rig and sent some Pactor messages, including a position report and an email I had sent to a few folks.
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