In the hands of the sea
I take the last passion fruits out of our supply. Four out of six are rotten. Our fruit supply doesn’t look very well after spending nearly three weeks at sea.Our fruit and vegetables are almost finished and we still have 3000 miles ahead of us to French Polynesia, possibly a month worth of sailing.Our trip went different than we had imagined; there simply wasn’t enough wind to keep Hope’s sails filled and make good progress.
17 days of struggle
Since we left Panama we have been struggeling, for seventeen days now.That is also the longest that I spent at sea untill now. While it was enough time to cross the Atlantic (2300 miles), here in the Pacific, it barely brought us 1000 miles. Why this ocean was coined El Pacifico has become painfully clear to us. The last weeks we faced a counter current, no wind or wind from the wrong direction. This in itself is not a problem, we can deal with such circumstances, but we also realize that we have only sailed a quarter of the distance.
Food is our main concern
With that notion we have still such a distance ahead of us, food is our main concern. When we assess our situation we count 10 oranges, 15 small lemons and a mango, enough for about 10 days. On the vegetable side things are not particulary better. We still have 6 onions, 5 potatoes and 2 (big) pumpkins. It is not as if we will starve to death when we will finish these fresh produce, the ship’s stores are rather well filled with conservable food items. However, we like to cook and eat well at sea and we are used to two hot meals a day. It seems though we will have to change this tropical diet into a more sober eating
Down and frustrated
A day or so ago I alternated between being rather down to being furious. We had sailed for a day and a half against an ever changing fickle wind and current and managed to do only 35 Miles. But after this irritation came acceptance and I decided to use the extra time to catch up on my French, read some books and study this part of the world. A quick call with my parents, brothers and friends helped a lot. Although Katia seemed unaffected by all this, yesterday she really had it when after we sailed for half a day we where lef bobbing around helplesly with flapping sails. Some passing dolphins and pilot whales added innjury to insult when they didn’t show the slightest interest in us for lack of a bowwave to ride on. Freeloathers.
We e-mail daily with a Belgium couple which left from the Galapagos five days earlier. They had little wind untill they met the South East trades about 180 Miles south of the equator. That trade wind is exactly what we need as it would tripple our daily averages. We slowly are headed there and expect to arrive there tomorrow. We expect the worst and hope for the best. Meanwhile we prepare the spinnnaker and light weather sails. Also we make a recepy list with ‘feel good’ recepies. Let’s see what we can do: pizza, pasta, Cape Verdean style fish, and oh ofcourse, pancakes and Oliebollen with Cinnaemon and lemon!
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