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Wondertime Sails to the South Pacific – Day 11

The wind came up last night just as we were tucking the girls into bed. It increased from 15 to 25 in what seemed like a matter of minutes. We reduced sail lickity split to just the staysail and were comfortably moving along at 5 knots with only that little sail up. We were hoping that it was just a wind squall and would pass but it wasn’t, the wind whistled in the rigging all night long. Sleep was hard to come by what with all the commotion and rocking back and forth as the waves slid under our port quarter. When it was time for my watch at 4 am the warm damp wind was still gusty but starting to moderate a bit. I curled up in a corner of the cockpit with my ipod and immediately closed my eyes and fell asleep. My eyes snapped open minutes later and I spent the next three hours desperately trying to keep them open, where I’d been trying desperately to sleep just a few hours before. By the time Michael was up at 0800 the wind had dropped enough for us to unfurl the genoa and hoist the reefed main back up. We’re now cruising steadily towards the ITCZ — squallville — and tonight we have just under 600 miles to go to the equator. Getting so close!

Total miles at noon: 1194
Miles since yesterday: 114
Flying fish, deceased, found in the furled mainsail: 1
Cabbages remaining: 5.5


  1. Dani says:

    I am enjoying your updates so much! It makes a case for us getting the modem for our SSB to do the same.

    Glad your family is still safe. You are doing it! Crossing the big blue Pacific. You will always remember this. your girls are having a once in a lifetime experience.

    May the weather carry you on safely

  2. Trevor says:

    I love the item counts at the bottom of your posts; great idea! It must warm your hearts to know that so many people are thinking of you guys, “wondering”, as it were, what you are going through, by the hour. Thanks for including all of us in your day to day adventures. Keep on keepin’ on – pretty cool to be pretty much in the middle now, isn’t it?

  3. Lisa says:

    Jorie and Luke say hi to Leah and Holly! It is so much fun reading your updates.