Monday, March 1, 2010

Galapagos to Easter Day 7

Pacific Ocean - 15 26.4S 104 02.6W

Today the weather finally broke a bit. This morning we had very pleasant 14kt winds from the east which has built to about 19kts this sunny and crisp afternoon. Sailing under double reefed main and Code 0 Reacher is quite pleasant at 10kts boatspeed, but we seem to have a bit of counter current which is slowing us down slightly.

The air is just different here, almost feeling like a Maine August day. Last night was almost chilly with a low around 72 and only 60% humidity, the lowest humidity we have seen since Quito up in the mountains. Right now it is a warm 76 degrees outside and 63% humidity. Still quite hot in the sun, but quite pleasant really. Seas are still a bit more than we would prefer at about 6' and relatively short period, much more like the chop you see in Penobscot Bay than what you would expect in the Pacific Ocean. We will go back to the jib once dinner prep starts to make things more comfortable for the night, but for now we are screaming along and having a good time.

Speaking of time, it was finally calm enough this morning to take apart my watch and happily removing and reinstalling the battery seems to have fixed it (for now). I need to figure out how to make sure I tighten the back up enough before I go swimming, but at least I can tell what time it is fact it is time for a nap.

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