August 12, 2011

Slow Boat to Tonga

We motored for 36 hours. Not motor-sailed, which is what you do when there is a little wind, but motored, which is what you do when there is no wind. which is something we haven't done for a very long time. Now we have slightly more wind, maybe 8-10 knots (with an emphasis on 8). It's enough to sail slowly at 4.5-6.5 knots (with an emphasis on with the spinnaker. We have slightly more than 300 miles to go to get to Tonga. I'm not sure when we'll get in. And not just because of that time change thing.

While the engine chugged we cleaned. We sorted through our lockers which are still brimming with food (what made me think we'd eat that much tinned tuna?), and worked on making space for our guests. Beyond that life has been dull routine. Cook, clean, work on projects, nap. It's sort of blissful except for the fact the boat is lurching in confused seas.

The seas are a sure sign that somewhere there is wind. And by the size of them I would say this means that somewhere there is a lot of wind. But it's definitely not here.

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