The offshore forecast out of Honolulu is consistent for the large patch of ocean surrounding us:
NORTHEAST TO EAST WINDS 20 TO 30 KNOTS. SEAS 8 TO 12 FEET. SCATTERED SHOWERS. CONTINUING FOR THE FORECAST PERIOD.
Same thing every day. We have gotten used to the conditions, which would have been a bit intimidating 2 weeks ago. The “scattered showers” are mostly small. Some barely sprinkles, others dump buckets for 15 minutes. Mostly from sunset to midnight. Sometime accompanied by more “interesting” wind of up to 38 knots.
We average about 6 knots with a reefed, poled-out jib as our only sail. It makes for fast, easy passage. Our 24 hour run today was 142 miles. 714 miles to go.
Today’s excitement came when I went to start the engine to top up the batteries. When I turn the key I get nothing. No crank, no click, no nothing. Getting access requires emptying the cockpit locker, crawling down and tracing wires while folded up into a shape the would do a Chinese gymnast proud. Before too long I find the broken wire and have things running again.
The plan is to continue for another day on a deep port broad reach, which will run us a little south of our target, then gybe and head for Oahu.