We continue to fly down the course with the very favorable tradewind conditions, covering over 900 miles in less than 5 days. By early Saturday morning we will have covered 1,000 miles, one third of the total distance on this, the longest leg of our voyage. If we can maintain this pace we should arrive in French Polynesia Thursday 22 March.
Onboard life has settled into a pleasant routine: we have a very comfortable watch schedule which takes advantage of each individual's tendency toward being a night-or-morning person; Corinne and Diana have been alternating days for meal preparation; Lew and Hubs are chipping-away at boat projects; and Kathryn and Audrey are trying to stay focused enough to get their schoolwork done. The girls are both working on special projects for school and are making progress though sometimes only as a result of very strong supervision from their teacher.
We have been enjoying some very fine meals, paella for dinner last night as an example. We are still waiting to land the first fish of the trip so that we can enjoy a fresh fish dinner and are planning a top-to-bottom review of our fishing techniques since most of the other boats are reporting good catches. We are all looking forward to this Saturday night when we are planning pizza, beer and a movie on deck!