Sailing Around The World

Day 3 Passage To Fiji

LAst night was full of dark skies and squalls. The Squalls did not pack much wind, only blew up to 20 knots but were filled with bucks of rain. After the squall would pass the wind would die down to 4 or 8 knots and come from any direction. This is kind of passage weather is very annoying because it requires constant sail changes and reefing to handle the changes in wind speed. After a long night of being wet and sleepy I awoke to no wind this morning. So we fired up the motor and went for about 2 hours till we had 8 to 10 knots of wind again. We hoisted up the spinnaker and have been rocken that sail sense noon today. We are making slow progress at 4 to 5 knots but in the right direction. I am hoping that we will make it to Fiji by night fall tomorrow. The only cool thing to note about last nights sail was the jellyfish on the surface of the ocean would exploded like a flash going off as we sailed by them. I believe that they were giving off bioluminescent. The flashing jellyfish made night navigation difficult because the rain was so heavy at times it would make the ocean foam white around us and it would make it very hard to see the real horizon or the splashing of the rain. Then throw in exploding Jellyfish bright white flashes and you think that you are being run down by ships. So I turned on our radar and could tell that there was no ships and relaxed. Very odd night and looking at the squall filled skies ahead of us tonight I know it will be fun navigating through the Fiji Island pass at night. Don’t worry I will have the radar on and charts set.

Current position: 5:28utc, 16deg 31.5min South, 178deg 47.1min West, COG 290, SOG 5.7kts, wind speed 10kts, cloudy skies

Thanks,

Jacques

2 responses

  1. Barbara Soumis

    Glad to hear all is well. I know you will not read this until you get to Fiji, however we are tracking Dragonsbane all the time. The night time jelly fish sound like quite an odyssey!

    Dad and I are finding China to be fastenating. We will be heading for Tibet tomorrow.

    Love you lots,
    Mom

    October 16, 2013 at 7:32 am

    • Glad to see you and dad having a great time, Enjoy.

      Jacques

      October 18, 2013 at 12:22 am