Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mexico to Galapagos - Day 21

[Mar 22]

Total Distance: 1765 nm
24 hr Distance: 52 nm (DMG: 34)
Distance to go: 287 nm
Lat/Long: 3°18.12'N / 91°52.35'W

Three weeks at sea. Are you kidding me?? If you had told me that a month ago, I would have laughed. And here we are.

We're becalmed in a sea that is a smooth as glass. We motored for a couple hours this morning (sanity saver), and now we're just drifting along. Our spinnaker is hoisted, but really isn't helping much. In fact, it is so smooth, that John is doing some sanding and varnishing of the brightwork. It's all I can do to try to stay out of the sun. Without a breeze, the heat is devastating, and we are constantly 'glowing' without even expending energy.

UPDATE: The wind filled in and we ran at 2-3 knots all afternoon, and then at 3-4 knots into the evening. We didn't take the spinnaker down until 3am, when the wind died, and we were forced to drift for a couple hours.

We must be getting near land. We're starting to see garbage in the water, we've seen more ships, and a couple of new bird species have shown up.

OK...the betting has begun, and guesses on our ETA have started to trickle in. I think I should have mentioned that we still have about 20 gallons of fuel left. That gives us about 20 hours of running, which could be about 100 miles. If you need to change your ETA, feel free!!


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