October 27, 2018
Noon Position: 06 36S 133 06W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SxE 7
Wind(t/tws): ExN 16 – 20
Sea(t/ft): SE 5
Sky: Cumulus and Squalls coming
10ths Cloud Cover: 5
Bar(mb): 1014, falling
Cabin Temp(f): 84
Water Temp(f): 81 (surprising to see the water temp go up)
Relative Humidity(%): 75
Sail: #2 genoa, two reefs; main, one reef; close reach
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 137
Miles since departure: 2981
Avg. Miles/Day: 130
Our steady trade winds are a variable beast this year. An afternoon of clear skies, true wind at 18 – 20 and Mo with double reefs will give way in the evening to a turbulent, squally sky with winds going 12 just about bed time. I’ll wait to shake out a reef until midnight, and by three, it’s 18 – 20 again.
Sometimes the squally weather persists until noon; then clear skies will rein again, and always the wind is pumping between 12 and 20. We reef and shake out reefs as required and now can reef without putting on our glasses; without a headlamp at night.
But at least the wind is slowly backing north of east, allowing a course more for the Horn.
Now the question is how shall we pass Pitcairn Island, the three-mile square home of the Bounty mutineers at 24S and 128W, about 1,200 miles southeast of our current position. Last year we left it well to starboard, passing at nearly 126W on our 33rd day at sea.
But that may be a difficult maneuver this year, as we are so much further west; thus I am allowed to entertain the fantasy of seeing Pitcairn rise from the sea as we sail south. How many of the 50 residents, all descendents of Fletcher Christian and his cohort and the Tahitians they brought with them would come out to wave?