Saturday, May 03, 2008

May 3, 2008 - To Vanuatu, Day 4

At dawn, the fans shut off, and we turned to the iron genoa to keep us moving. In plain English, the wind died and we turned on the engine. As the day wore on, the swell got smaller and smaller. It was as close as we've ever come to having glassy conditions offshore. It was fantastic - for about 8 hours. I read while Sten caught up on email. We made nachos for lunch and set out some lures with the hope of catching dinner. It was idyllic. I was considering trading in Mata'irea for a trawler. But without any sails to tend or wind shifts to watch for, we were both quickly bored. Sten took a nap while I stood watch, which was not exactly taxing in these conditions. After the net at 1800, we were looking at each other like, "what do we do now?" So we made popcorn and watched a DVD. Luckily, during Sten's night watch the fans turned back on. He rolled out the jib and got us sailing again (albeit with a bit of assistance from the iron genoa).

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