Sailing Through Paradise: Victoria, B.C. to Hilo, Hawaii
Leg #2, June 1997
June 13, 1997 0500
Position: 24 07 N, 148 19 W Log: 3,037 miles Water Temp: 77 F
Hilo: 459 miles @ 220M. ETA early Sun.
Winds E @ 15-20kts Broad reaching at 6 - 7 kts.
Tradewinds Arrive! A more normal North Pacific weather pattern has finally
established itself with a stationary 1028mb high pressure the dominant feature,
finally directing the seemingly never-ending progression of deep lows up
into Canada instead of slamming into the West Coast.
Aboard Mahina Tiare that has meant glorious sailing in NE and now Easterly
tradewinds. For several days the winds kept shifting between NE which meant
rigging the whisker pole and sailing straight downwind with main and 125%
genoa out on opposite sides if we were to maintain our direct course for
Hilo. This is the rolliest point of sail and requires diligent helmsmanship.
It also required getting the pole down in 25-30 kt. squalls at 0200 two
mornings in a row, so we are all delighted to be broad reaching now in
good conditions. Skies are overcast this morning which made for a spectacular
sunrise, but days have been pleasant with just enough puffy tradewind clouds
to keep our sunbathers (Ineke and Amanda) happy and the cockpit comfortable.
Tuesday the winds dropped to 5 kts and with a cloudless sky we furled the
jib, stopped the boat and took turns diving in for a swim. A check underwater
with mask and snorkel revealed some line wrapped around the Max prop and
the prop zinc totally disappeared!
Amanda's fishing has temporarily satiated most of our crew's taste for
mahimahi. Averaging two fish landed per day they persuaded her to take
the day off fishing yesterday, which is not an easy task!
Last night I started tuned up the ICOM M-710 SSB radio and we listened
to boats checking into the Pacific Maritime Mobile Ham Net and then listened
to some Hilo AM radio stations. Our goal today is to learn how to program
the radio with favorite frequencies. We also need to work more on receiving
weatherfax charts from Honolulu as the San Fran. charts become less relevant.
It also looks like today will be a good day for practicing celestial navigation,
not too rolly, and with both the new moon and sun visible at the same time.
Amanda's splicing instruction has gone well - hopefully we'll get an image
of crewmembers with their splices up on this site once we reach Hilo. Alain
baked bread (first time for him!) a few days ago and now Amanda's at it
again. We find that the Krusteaz bread machine bread packs work well as
everything is all pre-measured, even though we don't have a bread machine.
The new Force 10 3 burner stove/oven is sure a welcome improvement over
the old Galley Maid on MTII!
Also high on our list of great gear is the new PUR 160 gallon per day
watermaker that Dan Dinsmore installed just before we left Seattle. Although
all eight of us are taking hot showers every other day and we are using
only fresh water for washing dishes and clothes, we still have plenty of
water, only running the watermaker when the engine is on for 40 minutes
morning and evening to charge batteries. The PUR 160 is quite similar to
the PUR 80/II watermaker that performed so well aboard MT II for six years.
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Log #3 - 6/24/97