That wind didn't last very long. My average speed for April 9 was 3½ knots.
April 11 it was 3.0 and on the 12th: 3.3. If I use that figure to calculate my
average speed for the rest of the navigation, say 3.3 to(/compared with) 2476
miles left, I have another 31 days at sea. And when I arrive, Beacon most likely
would have set out(/departed). Then I need to just bunker water and provisions
and then set sail again. Sailing is really
14 April 2001
There's continuous raining most of the day and by now (almost, edit) everything
is soaked(/soaking wet/drenched). That includes indoor, since I need to sail
with a closed door(/the door closed) to avoid getting the rain inside my bed. So
now I have steam(/mist)/condensed water everywhere and it's damn hot with the
The only positive aspect(/thing) about all that rain is that I can get washed in
fresh water every day. Sitting naked inside the cockpit and washing myself with
soap(/soaping myself) is magnificent(/wonderful) when the alternative is to lie
inside sweating half to death.
I threw the (air) dried meat out today. It didn't look particularly appetizing
and because of all he rain it wasn't really very dry. And I caught a tuna for
Yesterday's average speed was 4.0 and today's 3.4 miles/hour. I'm now down 7
degrees 6 minutes south and now I want to go steer straight at(/towards)
Hiva-Oa. The wind looks (to be) "stable", there's just too much of it. I don't
feel like spending any more time getting further south if I can,
although(/albeit) slowly, begin to come nearer(/closer to) Atuona.
I'm on(/My position is) 101 degrees 11 minutes west and Atuona, Hiva-Oa is on
139 degrees 2 minutes west so there's a long way to go. According to my GPS
there are (right now) 2254 miles. It uses great circle navigation.