Longtitude: 7° 48 S
Latitude: 124° 21 W
Course over ground: 270°
Speed over ground: 5.5 - 6 knots
True wind speed: 14 - 16 knots
Time: 9.45 am (Anchorage)
Two weeks down, 865 miles to go!
Tuesday: Happy 1st May! Hopefully no other sort of May Day on the horizon…
We are now on Anchorage time, which is rather ironic given our sailing status, even if we are slowing down! We are heading slightly north of the rhumb line (the straight line between us and our destination), as the grib files forecast wind dropping off completely along that and further south.
Our decision to head NW lasted about three hours yesterday evening as a) not as much speed picked up as hoped, and b) the waves coming from ENE bizarrely, and just right size to maximise pitching the boat. We are now back to just heading west.
An early night all round, albeit on tag team for the adults, has done us the power of good, along with demolishing an entire sourdough loaf for breakfast and we are set up now for the rest of the week ahead. After the lesson in tough talking yesterday the kids settled down to work immediately this morning. We find it is best to do Maths in the morning and English in the afternoon, and today, exploring the topic of lobbying and persuasive speech in the charity sector, we looked at the speech Malala gave to the UN on her 16th birthday, one of the familiar and exemplary heroines in our well-thumbed copy of "Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls”. Francis and Isabelle were very struck by the substance of what Malala was saying as much as the structure, and also interested to learn that Malala is currently a student at Xavier's college, Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford.
Obviously words did Francis the power of good in another way - he beat us all in Scrabble with a coup de grace on a triple word score later! I still beat Xavier by one point. This is getting competitive, would you believe... ;-)
The evening sail was tedious. The waves were literally all over the place and the wind kept chopping and changing. The waves are short too, not the graceful 2m Pacific rollers I love, so the boat rolls around a lot, and the sails do their best to get into a flap, despite the main being secured by the preventer at the boom. One ripped sail is enough, thank you! Still, without the large gennaker sail gusting along at the bow we can set the boat on autopilot on windhold at night and not worry about Gary* having a funny turn.
*Gary Garmin, our Autopilot, as detailed in previous posts, can get disorientated when on a wind hold rather than a heading hold, when a wave sweeps along and he rushes to compensate in direction, often inclined to execute a complete 360°.