Friday, May 25, 2012

Now We're Really in the Tropics

Friday, 25 May 2012 Lat 18 46 S Long 149 09 W ~70 miles S of Tahiti Course 320 Wind E 10-20kts Boatspeed 6.5kts Warm, Humid and Showery

It really feels tropical now. And we're sailing in a convection zone of showers and light squalls. Because of the rain and the seas, we have to keep the hatches closed, so it's pretty muggy in the cabin. sigh....Last night, the seas were quite big, one overtaking wave just rolled right over the stern into the cockpit. I just saw this big dark form looming up behind the bimini, and it just kept coming. There's no moon and the overcast blots out the starlight, so just the phosphorescent foam is visible. Of course, you can hear the roar of the waves and boat's wake to clue you in.

We hit a new surfing record of 15kts right before the big one sloshed us. "Good God Almighty! Great Balls of Fire!!!!"

Tomorrow, we should be at Port Phaeton, the bay between Tahiti Iti and Tahiti Nui.

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