Day 202, Year 1: End of Windbird’s Wind Bubble–Day 16
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2006
Weather: Blue Skies Dotted with Puffy White Clouds
Air Temperature: 80 degrees F, minus a degree or two at night
Water Surface Temperature: 81 degrees F and rising
Latitude: 08 degrees 40 minutes S
Longitude: 125 degrees 24 minutes W
Location: Passage from Galapagos to the Marquesas, Day 16
Miles to Go: 800 (~123 miles last 24 hours)
Miles to Date: 2166
Well, today it happened. Our little wind bubble burst. We have had wind when no one else in the fleet has, but today we are flailing along just like the others. The winds vary from 5 knots to 15, but they are directly behind us and the going is slow. Our weather buoy reports indicate that the wind should increase in the next 24 hours. Let’s hope so.
Otherwise, all is well onboard. We saw a flock of birds today which indicates that we are getting closer to land. Otherwise, no signs of life. Gdansk, a boat out of Canada, and Trisha Jean, a US boat, are both very close to us, but we can’t see them. We could see Gdansk for about two days, but last night they dropped out of sight.
It has been a lazy day and we have not had our French lessons. Maybe tomorrow…