April 17, 2020
Short report from El Capitán today, followed by snippets of life on board from the Galley Wench over the last few days. Also, the crew encourages blog readers to post comments. They love hearing from you!
The Captain’s Log
First, as I think you know, we will likely arrive in about 10 days — 25th to 27th — depending on wind and timing of our approach. We are no in a hurry, per se, especially is we would be quarantined on the boat after checking in. I’d rather slow down and spend that time on the boat at sea. As of now, anyway.
We are sailing downwind, wing-on-wing, in 17 knots of breeze doing about 7 knots of boat speed… gently rolling from side-to-side, up-and-down. At least we are moving and the sails aren’t slating all the time. We’ve had a little of that but, fortunately, not much.
The Galley Wench Report
Ahoy from the SV ESTELLE,
Here’s an early am selfie! Teeth are still clean and not to crusty. Donning my favorite, and shall I say appropriate cap?
Woke up this am to another cloudy morning. Although a full sunny day sounds good, when the sun does pop out it’s pretty warm, even with the clouds. I don’t think I can put off laundry for another day, rats. I’m still thinking that tossing my stinking rags overboard is a better solution. Besides I’m going to need to buy a couple mumus in Hawaii (luv spell check it changed mumus to mucus) for my ever widening bottom, yikes!
Bread was great, we toasted it with marmalade. Decadent. Gonna try Greg’s English Muffin bread recipe tomorrow.
Another meal of fresh yellow fin last evening. What delicious fish. Something big hit our line yesterday afternoon, took the lure, broke the 80 lb line, and took a big chunk out of our rig. I’m still holding out for the mahi-mahi. Done with tuna.
Our hope is to get to Hilo 24-25 and fingers crossed quarantine will be lifted by the 30th. One day at a time! This would be my first spring/ summer at home without a job and I had big plans…. ha ha ha. I’m sure when we’re old we will all sit around and reminisce about the great pandemic of 2020!
Winds are unchanged, hanging around 17-20 kts making for a (for the most part) comfy ride.
Mark and Rob are leading in the cribbage tournament but Greg and I are getting prepped for the big come back. We just need to get a hand with more than 4 points.
Crew remains healthy, uninjured and in good spirits. Please give KB our love and let her know she’s in our prayers!
SV ESTELLE crew