Sailing Around The World

Day 3 Passage to Galapagos Island 4/13/13

Last night around 8pm we finally turned off the engine and started sailing. From 8 pm to about noon today we sailed about 70 miles. The wind is blowing from 3 to 9 knots but we are able to average 3 knots. The going is slow but we are going in the right direction. I figure it will know take us 10 days more to get to the Galapagos Islands. I fished all day and only caught a Jelly Fish, so I made fried rice and brownies.

This evening we ripped our light wind drifter jib which I am sad about and now have to repair. The good news is that as soon as we took down the ripped drifter and put up our heavy jib a big Thunder Storm approached us. It is a slow moving squall and is bowing about 10 to 14 knots of wind. Its very dark now and the lightening is so intense that I thought about putting my sunglasses on. We are all a little worried about the lightening hitting our 52 foot mast because we are the tallest point in the Pacific ocean for about 200 miles now. I fell like I am running around in a field with a metal rode in my hand! I do love the show it is putting on and love the thrill of the stress that comes with this storm. I will not lie, once again I have white knuckles on the helm and a big smile watching the ocean light up like 4th July.

Current location: 5deg 1.73min North, 82deg 8.76min West

Enjoy your evening,

Jacques

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