Sunday, March 4, 2018

Leg 3 - Heading to the promised land - Day 11

Is it really day 11? Are we there yet? Oh wait, that's Gary's question. For the past 11 days we have been going from one small way point to another. Side note, we have been "trying" to get to the way points but Poseidon has had other plans. Anyway, going from point to point like this has not given me a very good sense of how close or, should I say, how far we have to go. Are we there yet? No. It's "only" 960 nautical miles to the Chilean mainland. Now I have something to focus on during my bleary night shifts.
On a more positive note, I think I slept thru most of this day. Nothing like the "white" noise of the engine running at 1800 rpm to put you into a state of unconsciousness. To my unskillful eye we all seemed to be catching our breath and getting some rest. And since we were motoring in very calm seas (read only 2.5-3 meter swell) it was a perfect time to have a cold shower. Yes, the hot water tank would have been amazing after 8 hours of motoring. Alas, that was not the case on Searover. But we are now a clean bunch and currently staying that way as we did not spill our dinner. The other highlight of the day was seeing our first albatross soaring gracefully around the boat while the sun was setting in an almost cloudless sky.
I seem to have extra time to add to this as my bed is currently several inches higher than it should be. Gary claims the diesel needed extra polishing and has been transferred from the tank to the bladder. I think he's tired and turned the valves the wrong way which almost burst the bladder. I'm glad the fuel is getting a cleaning. Maybe it will make us go faster when we motor...
960 NM to go.

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