Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Brisotl Rose keeps on Rollin. Rollin, Rollin, Rollin, on an Ocean

Day 7 Maupiti to Niue, Monday, July 26, 2010
Position at 10AM Tahiti time, 18 32.690s, 163 39.912w
For most of this passage wind speeds have been less than 15 knots. We're sailing directly downwind in light air out of the NNE. Progress is slow and Bristol Rose rolls from side to side with each wave. How slow? On our passage from The Galapagos to Marquesas we traveled the same distance, 700 miles, in only 4 days. If nothing else, we are having a relaxing time of it and getting small projects and lots of reading and writing done.
The days have been sunny but cooler and night watches in the cockpit get quite cold. We've been enjoying beautiful moonlit seas to sail by, as if someone has left the nightlight on. It's a full moon tonight.
Last night we sailed past Palmerston, a popular stopover for many crossing this part of the Pacific. We are anxious to get to Niue so we continue to slog on.

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