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Welcome to our blog, describing our voyage aboard Bravo, a Kelly Peterson 46 sailboat with homeport in Seattle, Washington. We headed south in 2010, destined for Mexico and beyond. Cheers, Adam and Cindi

"As for me, I am tormented by an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts." -Herman Melville, 1844

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Voyage to Marquesas - Day 5 - Lumpy and Bumpy!

But actually pretty great sailing...

We're in the trade winds, with a steady 15-20 knots of breeze, though we get squalls packing 30 knot gusts now and then.

Today's damage report is in...during a squall, while tucking in a reef, we damaged a batten car, a fancy slide for the mainsail on the mast. It pulled a screw out of it's UHMW plastic fitting. Not a huge deal, since its on the bottom batten, so by going to our #2 reef, it's the damaged car is not taking any load. We buttered it up w/ JB Weld epoxy (Glen, you listening?) and after setting up tonight, hopefully we'll be right as rain to set more sail in the morning. Even so, with the #2 reef we still have boat speed of 6.5-7.5 knots, heading straight for the Marquesas...not bad at all.

Still no fish on the line, actually today we've pulled out the lines since the sea is so lumpy, with a 3 meter confused swell, that we wouldn't want to be cleaning a fish on the slippery aft deck even if we hooked up.

But all's well aboard, as we logged 147 miles yesterday, our first full day under sail.

Oh, if folks want to monitor our progress, we check in to the Pacific Seafarers Net (ham radio) every evening. They post our position on line. I can't recall the website, but if you google Pangolin, and Yotreps, you should find the info. Look for K7ST, Adam's ham callsign, and you should find our position reports.

2554 miles to go, as of 5pm.


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