Thursday, 22 April 2010

Day 4 Galapagos to Marquesas

"For many cruising boats the passage from Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas is their longest and, if one is lucky with the weather, it can also be one of the most pleasant" - Jimmy Cornell, World Cruising Routes.

Our passage on Bristol Rose is not blessed with fine weather. We have overcast skies, numerous rain squalls with wind gusts to 40 knts and a heavy swell with wind blown chop, making for an uncomfortable ride. On a positive note we are also enjoying one of the fastest passages to date on Bristol Rose with daily runs of over 180nm for 3 consecutive days. We are sailing with double reefed main and Genoa. Our fastest speed over ground has been 10.4kts with a favorable current of 2kts and our average for the passage since we left Isla Isabela is 7.7kts

The crew is only able to find a comfortable place to rest and catch up on reading as we wait for better conditions. All are in good spirits and happy with our progress. We're fortunate that no one is suffering seasickness. By the time this mail goes out through our SSB radio, we will have passed the 600nm mark of the 2820nm passage to the Marquesas.

We're looking forward to the Pacific Ocean becoming more "pacific".

Posted via SSB radio.

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