Our Mission: To boldly go until we are no more!

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Day 2

We caught a small wahoo yesterday. Also known as ono in Hawaiian, it was so sneaky that it took all the line off the reel to the bitter end before we noticed it was on. By then it had drowned and was quite a drag to reel in (we did not slow the boat). Today we have had a couple strikes but no landed fish.

We were wing and wing sailplan in 8 to 12 kn breeze since leaving Penrhyn yesterday. The wind is finally filling in as advertised to 15 to 18 kn and we are now broad reaching with full main and genoa.

The Cook Island atoll of Manihiki will be off our starboard beam in a few hours but we will not be stopping. Only the uncomfortable anchorage outside the lagoon would be accessible to us. After the oysters in Penrhyn were wiped out by disease in 2000, Manihiki is now the center of black pearl production in the Cook Islands. We got our fill of black pearls in the Tuamotus and are keen to get to Vavau where temperatures are somewhat more reasonable. We have taken to running the air conditioning concurrent with battery charging by auxiliary generator during midday when pilothouse temperatures can reach 105F.

On June 12, 2024

1200 Cook Island Time

1500 PDT

1000 NZST (June 13)

Our position was:

10d19.1m S, 160d32.5m W

COG 238dT

Noon to noon: 151 nm


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