Day 9, Passage to Easter Island

1245Z 05SEP19, Day 9, Ecuador to Easter Island. We continue to make direct progress and decent speed under favorable conditions. We are halfway there!!!

Current Position: 13 42S 095 41W
24 hour progress: 139nm, 5.8kts avg SOG. Overall progress for the passage is 1181nm with approximately 1115nm to go on the great circle route. Winds continue to vary and average between 10-15kts. The weather continues to be a mix of sun and clouds. Yesterday we shook out both our reefs set the day before and ran most of the day with lighter winds. We even sailed a broad reach for a short while. We set one reef around sunset and a second reef in the early morning hours. The winds and seas are forecasted to build over the next few days, but current conditions mean a reef or 2 will be shaken back out this morning.

The crew is doing well. The boys have some excess energy and are a bit stir crazy. Which means that everyone is a bit on everyone else's nerves, but we are getting through it. Our red-footed booby hitch hiker stayed with us throughout the day and night again - the anchor looks to be quite white. The second one still hasn't landed. He was around in the morning and back around evening but still hasn't braved a landing. We have also seen some storm petrels. We are still hoping to see some hard rain to wash everything down a bit, but thus far all we have seen is short lived drizzle that simply moves the dust around.

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