Pacific Crossing, Day 26: Good wind yesterday afternoon and evening allowed us to make 70 miles yesterday. But today it went light and we're doing more fiddling and diddling with sails. We're breaking out the asymmetrical spinnaker because we're finally sailing at the right angle for it--a broad reach. One extra knot of speed could make a big difference over long term. At 2 knots of boat speed it'll take us 2 weeks more to reach the Marquesas; at 3, about 12 days; at 4, 7 or 8 days.
Because of all the hand steering (the vane doesn't work as well in light air when big seas more easily knock it off course) there's been less writing and more off-watch sleeping.
Here's hoping the spinnaker puts the pedal to the metal.
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