The evening was uneventful and we made good progress toward our goal. The
wind was steady from the ESE at 11-14k through the night and the seas
remained very calm. There were several squalls visible, even without
moonlight, but none came close enough to be a bother to us. Several boats
in the vicinity reported being hit by one or more squalls and said that
they contained winds up to 25k - not very much.
At 9am local time (we are now on UT -10:00) the wind remains light at 11k
from the ESE and we are making 5.5 - 6.5k over ground on a heading of
187M. The swell is from the SE at about 3ft and we are sailing
comfortably. At this pace we will have trouble making Raroia in time to
catch slack water for entering the pass, but I am hopeful we will get more
wind in the next day or two. We need to make an average of 6.5k to arrive
at the pass entrance in time to enter at slack water. Entering during the
flood tide would be ok as the current would be with us, but it will be
easier to enter at slack tide as we will have more time to maneuver at a
At about 10am the wind shifted to the NE. Our speed has been reduced to
5k. Suffice it to say the crew is not pleased by this development and the
day promises to be quite tedious until things change.
We motor sailed for 2 hours this morning starting at about 11am and then
again at 3pm. Its is now 3:30pm local time and we continue to motor sail
in light air. The sea remains very calm (of course) and we are making
about 6.5k over ground.
On the subject of equipment failure, our forward bilge pump has failed. It
began acting weird last night going on and off every 15 seconds or so. We
shut it down and this afternoon we removed the forward bunk mattresses and
access cover to see what was happening. The short story is the pump runs
but does not pump. It sounds like something is stuck in the pump itself -
the strainer and pick up are both clear of debris. Unfortunately we cannot
remove the pump to investigate because then water runs back into the boat
from the hose as the bow plunges into the sea and water rises above the
thruhull which is normally above the waterline. We bailed it by hand and
will have to deal with it once we are at anchor.
At 5pm local time we are still motoring. The wind is down to about 6k,
still from the ENE. Our current plan is to continue to motor until the
current tank (#1) is empty and then we will simply have to flail about
until the wind picks up, if it ever does.
At 9pm local time there is still no wind. We have shut down the engine and
are laying still and waiting for wind.