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Log entry, 20 October:  Day Ten. We are 1300 miles west of the Galapagos,

almost half way to the Marquesas, and all is well. This is now the longest passage

I’ve ever made – a milestone. Conditions have been good: consistent trade

winds of from ten to twenty knots from the east southeast on the port

quarter, light to moderate seas, rolling and slatting sails at a minimum. We

tried to hold our course at one degree south for the first one thousand miles

to get the most push from the west-setting South Pacific equatorial current,

but the wind angle required more of a southwesterly course to minimize

rolling. We are now at five degrees south and the current is north of us.

    For the first week our speed over ground averaged seven knots and our

daily distances ranged from 130 to 157 nautical miles. Not bad for a boat filled

to the ceilings with diesel, fuel and provisions.  .  .  .

    We haven’t seen one boat since leaving the Galapagos, seen one target on

the radar, received one alert on the AIS, seen one plane or heard one voice on

the radio. The eastern South Pacific has to be one of the loneliest places on the


     We haven’t had to use the engine at all since leaving the Galapagos.  .  .  

It’s nice to be almost half way to the Marquesas with all fuel tanks full.  


    Log entry, 22 October:  Day 12. Yesterday a wonderful sight – a huge pod of

dolphins raced on to us and swarmed all around the boat for half an hour.

They were darting and weaving everywhere, under the boat and from side to

side and circling around from bow to stern, some leaping into the air. There

were a couple hundred of them, the largest pod I’ve ever seen .  .  .


    Log entry, 28 October: Day 18. We are now 2600 miles west of the Galapagos

with about 500 to go.  We’ve fallen in to a comfortable routine, splitting the

night into two watches, reading, napping, polishing stainless during the day.

Eating well. No rain. Starry nights. A freighter, bound for Tahiti according to

the AIS, passed us yesterday – the first vessel we encountered in more than two



    Log entry, 30 October:  Day twenty. More of the same – delightful South Seas

tradewinds sailing. The days are sunny, scattered white clouds, stiff winds, but

reefing sails hasn’t been necessary as Gillean demonstrates again her easy, sea-kindly

motion. We have had some 25 knot winds with boat speeds briefly exceeding

her 8.5 knot hull speed, but she moves steady and easy. Seas have been up the last

few days – six to nine feet – but it’s been a comfortable reach the whole way.