|Passage to Marquesas, Day 3
|We left Isla Isabela’s Puerto Villamil about 10:00 am on April 6, and encountered a big ocean swell
right outside the anchorage, and very little wind. Actually we sailed close-hauled at about 4 kts right
on course, until we got clear of the island and were hit by a 2 kt adverse current. So we started the
motor, and so it went for the next 48 hours or so!
The lack of pre-departure stress was very nice. I guess we got that over with in Panama. Even when
the fridge broke a few days before departure, we didn’t worry about it, and planned to go on without.
Then Lou got some e-mail advice from the guy who sold us the fridge, and ended up spending a
sweaty day with tools cursing and fixing the compressor circuit board and rebuilding the cooling
pump, the day before departure.
Finally at 2200 UTC on April 8, 2 days out, we hit the tradewind belt and were able to turn the motor
off and have been sailing since. This put everyone in better spirits since we hated to have the motor
running and the smell of diesel all the time. We are now sailing around 7.5 knots with a ½ knot or so
current in our favor. It has rained a fair bit on us today—so we’re back to drenched rat mode, but
there is hope. Lou thinks we’ll have a 200 mile day from 7 p.m. April 8 to 7 p.m. April 9, definitely a
record for us and Ace, though we owe 20 miles or so to a helpful west-setting current.. We are still
on Galapagos time (Central Standard Time), which will become confusing. Every day we notice the
sun rising later as we head west.
I’m not feeling 100%, but I am trying to continue to feed my family. I made pizzas and apple pie. I
didn’t take any seasickness meds and that was probably an arrogant thing to do. When I did finally
take some, it came right back up. I’m eating soup—so basically I’m on the ACE diet.
It seems like everyone in the fleet has caught fish- except for us. Okay- I’m not counting the flying
fish and squid that have sacrificed themselves to our decks. (Martin ponders, “What were they
thinking?”). And the small dorado with eyes bigger than its stomach—because our lure was almost
as big as he was!
School is in recess until the teachers can get enough energy to motivate their students. I am still
reading Sophie’s World (a very clever novel about the history of Western philosophy) to Emily and
Martin. I think they like it. We have just finished reading about the British Empiricists.
When they are not on watch, and sometimes when they are, (they do 2 3-hour shifts together during
the day), Martin and Emily have devised many games to play. One is a telephone call where they
talk in different accents. The cruisers that we have recently met come from South Africa, Great
Britain, Ireland and Australia. Emily and Martin use these accents in their game. They also were
having an Italian talking to an Indian (see Antonio and Sarah—you still have an influence on them!)
Emily runs the kids net (Sailing Sea Lion Net)on the single sideband for the cruising boats with kids
from the Galapagos to the Marquesas. The fleet is pretty spread out , so, it has been a bit frustrating
for her to get the propagation right. They have a joke-telling session, and that is hard to do if you
have to relay information.
There is a whole lot of book reading going on right now. Ace sails so nicely with her new sails and
the windvane. She only needs a little monitoring. I finished The Beak of the Finch and also The Only
Life That Mattered (historical fiction about a couple of women pirates). I’ve just started reading A
Fine Balance (a novel about my favorite country- India).
Lou is reading some novels: Bloodwork by Michael Connelly and Saint Jack by Paul Theroux
Emily finished Gregor the Overlander by Susan Collin
Martin is back to his surfing magazines. I think he has memorized them! Emily got him enthused to
read Starseeker by Tim Bowler.