Monday, April 19, 2010

day 20 & 21

Day 20 (02 21 N / 128 38 W)
If Moitessier managed to do yoga every day on his voyage, he is truly my hero. My yoga mat is currently used as an anti-skid mat in the v-berth for the produce baskets.

Day 21 (01 29 N / 129 55 W)
Day in and day out, it is quite exhausting fighting against the same conditions - SSW winds and equatorial countercurrent that is pushing us North. We're still making 80-90 nm per day, but why does it seem so hard to push through to get south of the equator? We both had our share bitching at the conditions, but really, what can you do? You can only do your best and let it be. This is a true test of patience. I'm learning to be thankful for the fact that we are safe and making progress even if it's slow.
Three weeks since our departure. We finished our last apple today and the last grapefruit a couple of days ago. Next up, canned fruits. We also calculated that we have 10 days of fresh water left and still over 900 miles to go. We have got to get out of this foul current!
We watched movies today just to numb ourselves. It was a good distraction though. It's a bizarre experience to come out to the cockpit, in the middle of the movie, to do a 360 scan. Holy cow, we are in the middle of NOWHERE and watching a movie.... Our main power inverter blew up and filled the cabin with smoke. We now only have limited means to charge the computer (main navigation)and camera batteries. So we will have to sort something out about that once we reach civilization again.
I realized the other day that I have never been to the Southern Hemisphere. What a cool way to arrive! .... or is it? We hear from other boats that the SE trade winds and south equatorial currents are helping them blaze towards the home stretch. Hope is a good thing. We are really ready to be there.

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