Day Four: Passage Opua to Savusavu
0630 Thursday 16 May 2013 NZST/1830 UTC
South Pacific Ocean 27 40.8 S/ 175 46.1 E
WInd SSW 8-12 knots/SOG 6.3kn/COG 003 mag/Sea state 4-8' swells primary from SE/Bar 1012
194 nm sailed 6 AM to 6 AM
Wind has slowly clocked and dropped around our stern, now motor sailing with main for stability. Seas have eased as well, now just a bit lumpy in 7 second period swells. We should get back to routine today, fishing lines out, and regular sit together meals, I hope.
A middle batten began to slide out of it's pocket yesterday afternoon and we lowered the main to replace it. I was awakened this morning with a loud clatter mid deck, and, after checking rigging, saw that the #2 battten (*from boom) was on the deck. No big worries...it lies happily on the side deck right now and I am glad the noise was not anything more serious. We needed an "all hands on deck " drill, anyway. We also now need to check all the other battens!
That brings me to Rule #46 - Neptune will expose any and all of your boats weak points and shortcomings, so simply be thankful that you arrived safely after an ocean passage. You were just a player.
I see cockpit showers in our future. Captain might make them mandatory!
All is well and looking better every day.