Day 4: A beautiful day of sailing

11 Oct

Yesterday wasn't the best of days. A broken headsail furler and the exhausting work that followed. Then during the night, the boom and other sail gear kept constantly slamming as waves were hitting the boat from the side. I had the get up multiple times during the night to make adjustments. Today made it all better.

I started out in the morning by pulling out all of the main sail. No more reefing. Then made some adjustments to get some good speed. By the time I had gotten my coffee and endured the 45 minute weather download, the clouds had started to lift and the sun broke through. From there on it was nothing but the best day ever.

I saw up to 30 amps on the solar charger (the boat was leaning and the panels were facing the sun). The only trimming I've made all day is with the auto pilot buttons. The boat is gently moving toward Hawaii at 6 ore more knots in only 10 knots of wind. I had time to start reading a book and I had steak for dinner. I had it in the cockpit in a t-shirt while enjoying the view of the beautifully dark blue colored ocean. Then after the sun set, I got a look at the most awesome star filled sky I've ever seen.

Yes, indeed it was the most perfect day of sailing.

Captain Petter on S/V Bella Marina