11 Apr Day 12, 13, 14, Heading into Week Three!
We have been out here 2 weeks! Holy cow, it feels as if the time has passed quickly, which is a good thing because we might have 2 weeks left to go! Yikes, that seems a little crazy! 4 weeks on our 41 foot Sceptre sailboat. The only times we will have gotten off is to go for swims. We saw another ship today, it was a freighter heading for South America.
It is really, really beautiful out here. The Water (a deep blue, yesterday when we went swimming you could see the sun rays beaming Deep into it.) The Sky, Clouds , a Green Flash, and Rainbows (we have seen rainbows the last couple days!) Yesterday and today we had Dolphins visit us. Yesterday, one jumped about 8 ft out the water, so amazing! We have seen quite a few different kinds of Birds, almost every day it seems like something new flys by. A couple days ago we had a pair of brown boobies hitchhike a ride on the boom overnight. We see flying fish almost everyday. Thankfully, only a few have landed on the deck. (Late addition, one landed in the quarter berth last night, next to where I was sleeping! Hannah was able to save it and throw it back into the Sea!) We also have seen one sea turtle!
We are very grateful for our Banderas Bay Pacific Puddle Jump radio net, where we check in every night and learn where others are and if everyone is doing ok. The group organized in La Cruz, we had weekly meetings to discuss the Pacific Puddle Jump and the radio net was organized thru the group. Marina La Cruz was an awesome place to be to get ready for the jump. If anyone is considering the Puddle Jump in the future, I would recommend La Cruz as a starting point. Besides our weekly meetings other talks were given that were of great significants to us. There are plenty of stores nearby to do your provisioning, a marine store, sail loft. It is a very friendly place for cruisers.
We have been sailing most of the day today, even though we had super fluky winds this afternoon (it was similar yesterday). We also appear to be in the equatorial counter-current which is flowing against us. We are feeling that we should soon be out of the ITCZ (the Doldrums) and into the South Eastern Trades Winds, where we are expecting more consistent winds. We still have over half our diesel in reserve, to use when needing to charge the batteries and move us in the case of little to no wind.
How far did we go? April 10, 100 miles; April 11, 120 miles; April 12, 35 miles (ugg!)