FLASHGIRL is on port tack with 2-reefs and the #3. There is 22-25 knots of wind and it is squally with passing rain showers. In the next 24-hours I expect them to get the outer rings of a low pressure system which will continue to give them favorable winds. They will have enhanced westerlies and maybe even south-westerlies. Now that sounds like fun!
There will be a fundraiser concert in Sausalito on Sat, Nov 5th to help with the boat restoration.
Ramblin' Jack Elliott and friends will be play some great music. Lagunitas Brewing Co will supply their tasty beer to keep things festive. A good time will be had by all, to help Commodore put his boat back together again. Tickets will sell out. Get yours at: http://spauldingcenter.org/events.html
We passed Cape Ka Lae, and marked 11.5 days from Nuku Hiva to the South Cape to conclude one truly fantastic passage.
During our passage we motored no more than 12 hours, during one calm spell just north of the equator. We encountered no ITCZ zone at all.
After getting into the shelter of the cape, the seas smoothed out and not toon long after that, the wind went down from 23 knots to just 7.5 knots. We started up the engine to motor sail up the lee side of Hawaii. The sun setting was a huge red ball of fire, which seemed appropriate for this island of fire. Once dark, we could see the lava flows slowly working there way down to the sea, an amazing sight! Once Commodore came back on deck, he spent the next four hours non-stop cleaning the boat up, so there was nothing to do when we anchored except have a little snack and hop into bed.
I want to thank my daughter, Serena, who made it possible for us to share our passage with you via YIT-Yachts in Transit and thank you YIT! Thanks also to Bob McDavitt for his weather wit and wisdom, it is always good to have him along with us, and thank you all for your interest. Aloha!
The sea state has quieted down over the past day, and just a small amount of rain in one large system that went through this afternoon. Now that the wind has moderated, it gets pretty tough on us when the wind goes below 15 knots. This is when we are aching to make sail and shake out a reef or three, but no can do with the tear in the mainsail. This is a lively boat and we like it when she goes fast. We have become accustomed to seeing the speed gauge 7-9 knots with the occasional surf at 11-12 knots thrown in for the fun factor. However, we must make do in the light stuff, and when we get above 18 knots, the boat begins to kick up her heels. This passage from Nuku Hiva to Hawaii has been a beam reach all the way....woo hoo! With the exception of a couple of days of large and confused seas, this has been a most delightful passage.
I am soaking up the magic of being at sea as I know we will be making landfall in about 48 hours
Finally, around 2 degrees north, the wind quit and we began to motor. At 11:30am, we decided to stop the boat and take a swim. It was magical swimming in the crystal clear sapphire blue seas that had a gentle rise and fall....so special. We resumed motoring and eventually got a steady SE breeze ranging from 5-8 knots over a very smooth sea. We put up the read reacher and have been having one of the best sails ever. So sweet and gentle that we ate dinner on deck in the moonlight. We were visited by a pod of dolphins with several small calves and they entertained us for quite a while. I had never seen dolphins swimming at the bow in the moonlight, what a treat! It is now about 0500 early Tuesday morning and the almost full moon has set. In the gathering dusk last night, a weary bird made numerous close passes at the boat. At one point, he attempted to land on the still arrayed solar panel. Later he landed inside the life lines on the folded #3. He couldn't get a grip, and took off. In the early morning light, we discovered a roosting bird, head under wing, clinging to the very formost part of the bow pulpit. We have no idea how long he had been there. At this stage, we are beam reaching with our red sail. This means the AWA is about 60. Somehow this character managed to arrest his flight, in close proximity to the lee side of the head sail, and achieve a landing and then a grip on the polished stainless steel pulpit. It did not look very comfortable, but seems to have served his purpose!
Hands on board:
Captain Warwick M. Tompkins
Crew: Hugh Higgins and Bruce Ladd
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