It's been well over 80 degrees with 80%+ humidity and when it rains we zip up the cockpit enclosure and wala; we have our very own floating sauna. When there is wind our time is spent managing the sails with whatever weather comes our way, napping, cleaning, reading and fixing things that break. Squalls can bring huge winds suddenly and/or buckets of rain or they will cancel any wind at all leaving us rolling with the swells in our sauna-on-the-sea. Then we motor or motor-sail and then our time is also spent napping, cleaning, reading and fixing things that break. But motoring we seem to have more time to admire the show nature puts on for us. Cloud formations can be so beautifully dramatic that I easily filled my hard disk with 100’s of every kind of fluffy condensed water mass so you must forgive me for sharing just a few (more than a few?) of the many.
Our nights are mostly spent napping, snacking, reading and fixing things that break but when the squalls and clouds part we are treated to killer sunsets, lulled by the awesomeness of bio-luminescent fireflies in our wake or just star gazing at its most awesome.
Mentioned in the previous slog was our new satellite comm device; the InreachSE. I want to share a bit more about it that I didn't have time to do in Samoa. This small handheld device plots our journey by sending our coordinates via satelite to a website called mapshare.inreach.com/doisbrock. It cannot send a plot to the satellite if not outside so you will notice a few blanks on our plotted course; we did not sink, we just brought it below. But if we did sink the unit has an SOS button that sends an emergency text to the US Coast Guard with our location. If they can respond with help, great, if not they inform responders in our area. Also with our monthly fee we get 40 free text messages (extra text messages are .50 so will not break the bank unless you send me 20 texts with emoji’s, in which case I know who you are and I will get even). I can even send an update message to Facebook and Twitter. Very cool. If you would like our text address, send me an email and I'll respond as soon as I find Wi-Fi again or you can follow along here.
From Wikipedia: Cloud Atlas is a 2004 novel, the third book by British author David Mitchell. It consists of six nested stories that take the reader from the remote South Pacific in the nineteenth century to a distant, post-apocalyptic future. It won the British Book Awards Literary Fiction Award and the Richard & Judy Book of the Year award, and ... you must see wiki to read more.