Day 7 to Hawaii

We have often joked about our ship´s big brass bell hanging at the foot of the companionway. “Its time to reef when the bell rings all by itself” we say. Yesterday was the third time it has ever done that. The first two occasions were in a short steep chop in the Sea of Cortez, when against current, we had standing waves which shook and rattled our little ship. Yesterday we were screaming along at almost 8 knots under a triple reefed main and small staysail. The bell rang again! It broke the tension and we laughed out loud because it was so funny!
Its 2:00am local here and pitch black with no moon yet. When the moon does rise shortly, it will be the last quarter. With current cloud cover it will not shed much light over our world. Once again however, we are making excellent progress toward our destination; Honolulu is now less than 1,750 miles away. Its lonely out here in the middle of nowhere! Our closest boat contact is our buddy boat “Blessing” with whom we have a radio chat each morning at 7:00am. They are just over 200 miles away;
It seems as if each day we are faced with new and interesting challenges. Yesterday I worked on the fridge/freezer for hours and did not manage to resurrect it. I think the compressor is “fried”. The good news is that it no longer draws current, a valuable commodity on-board Mayaluga. The bad news is that Karin had to ditch just about the entire contents. Fish, chicken and steak … all gone! Some vegetables will survive. The biggest challenge is my stock of insulin which is supposed to last until we get back to BC. It needs to be refrigerated at all times. I hope it holds out to Hawaii, about another 15 to 18 days away. We are trying to line up a dealer rep to check out our refrigeration when we get to Hawaii. We do enjoy our fresh food. We also enjoy a cold beer! Alas, nothing cold on Mayaluga right now.
I think we have finally come to the end of our close-hauled sailing, for the time being anyhow. About 12 hours ago we had a wind shift to due E, so we were able to trim the sails for a beam reach. Mayaluga loves this point of sail and is romping along at over 7 knots most of the time. The wind is reasonably steady at about 18 to 22 knots with very few squalls over the last 24 hours. Good sailing weather! Every day we are getting closer to home, closer to family and friends. We talk more frequently now of “home” and what it will feel like to sail down the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Less than two months away now! ————————————————- Do not push the “reply” button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this original message in your response. Messages are sent over a very low-speed radio link.
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