Saturday, April 8, 2017

Day Cinco: Pacific Ocean Crossing

All is well aboard SV Terrapin

All day Thursday was a slow ride..real slow. After watching the spinnaker flop around while bobbing aimlessly we decided for the engine. After working up a lather putting the spinnaker to bed, the water was looking too tempting not to jump in. Phil, Jessica and myself jumped in. Not sure why I was so surprised to see absolutely clear water and could see all the way under boat. Feeling refreshed we got back on the boat, started the engine and ran her till about 2:45am.

We now are on a beam reach in about 12 knots keeping Ole Terrapin cruising along at about 6.

We got a text from another boat who pulled a boobie through one of their hatches after it landed on their boat, wrote their boat name on the chest of the bird and then set the boobie free. Not to fear animal lovers, the boobie retaliated by puking all over the inside of their boat before being set free. So ya, there's a boobie flying around the Pacific wearing the name of a boat.

Last night's Pacific Puddle Jump net was really hard to hear therefore I'm not going to relay names that may or may not have been on the net, we can report that Black Watch made landfall in Fatu Hiva.

We can also report that the alternator and spare alternator have quit working on SV Beach Flea. They're checking wires and voltage regulator and had to resort to hand steering for the past 4 days. They also reported that a helicopter circled them at 20 feet..they're not sure who or why. SV Beach Flea is trying to get in touch with Steve off Landfall for anyone in La Cruz that can relay the message.

SV Slow Flight has also had their alternator crap out on them in addition to their hydrogenerator.

That's all for now...cruising along waiting to hop into the trade winds.



-- Sent via SSB Radio


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At 4/8/2017 4:07 PM (utc) our position was 15°44.04'N 112°04.81'W

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