A sailor's life is ruled by wind. And waves--there is still an un-lake-like swell upsetting the sails every so often and making keeping the course a bit of a challenge. But we're moving, and that's good enough. It's utterly amazing to see Sockdolager move right along in almost no wind at all. She's a heavy little boat and it makes us smile to watch the wake. There's a small school of light blue yellow-tailed fish (maybe flying fish?) swimming under the boat, and every so often one darts out to snatch a tiny morsel of something or other too small for us to see. Then it quickly darts back to the protection of the mother ship. The other night I heard Jim yelp in surprise on his watch; then I heard flopping and laughed. A fairly large purple flying fish landed right next to him. He threw it back. It'll have a good story for its grandchildren. And each night before the full moon rises, we can see the constellation Southern Cross and many other new ones to learn. The North Star has nearly dropped below the horizon.
We sure hope the Trades come back soon. An epic fast sail would be fabulous!
Lots of experienced voyagers have written in the past about the frequency of light vs heavy winds, and the need to keep the boat moving in light air. After lots of thought and discussion, Jim and I decided to invest as much in our light air sail inventory as in our heavy weather one. Right now, with 665 miles still to go after 27 days at sea and no significant wind in sight, we're mighty glad about that. Part of why we could afford it is the small size of the boat. Thanks to our dear friend and sailmaker Carole Hasse of Port Townsend Sails, for all the good advice and excellent sails.
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