We have passed the halfway mark, always a cause for celebration.
Just 980 NM to go until we are off the pass into Bora Bora’s lagoon. As a result we treated ourselves to pancakes for dinner. We are working a seam of light air with NE trades to our north and E trades south of us. This morning we are seeing a new set of swells from the NE and it wouldn’t surprise anyone to have the wind back on the nose. We are running at 1500 RPM, averaging 10.5 knots, burning 7.5 gallons/28.4 liters per hour. This includes the power for electrical and hydraulic needs.
Sunset was more spectacular than usual with towering cumulus clouds, their anvils streaming to the east, dominating the skyline. The moon, its craters outlined in the clear air was next, followed by the Milky Way coming to life as the moon slipped over the horizon. As this is being written we are preparing for the sun. Window covers have been drawn and the air con is on for the new day.
Speaking of which, the sun is directly on our nose, overhead all day, and the heat load substantial. The air conditioning system is coping nicely, capable of making us uncomfortably cool. The engine room runs cool as well. In 85 F water, 90 F air, engine intake temperatures are 95 F, the top of the engine room is 115 F, and fuel filter bowls 125 F, all well inside allowable–and the best we have ever seen for one of our yachts.
It’s time for the engine room check. After which coffee, breakfast, and on to a short list of chores.