[121202, 0304 UTC, Lelu Harbor, Kosrae, Fed. States of Micronesia
05º20' N / 163º 01' E]
At 0931 local time Sunday December 2, 2012 (2231 Z Dec 1), we dropped anchor in Lelu Harbor, Kosrae, Federated States of Micronesia. The trip from Liapari in the Solomon Islands - traversing the Pacific against the (generally) prevailing winds over 7 degrees of longitude and 13 degrees of latitude - was 310.5 hours at an average speed of 3.5 knots, not including the one day stop at the Arvanon Islands to evaluate weather. We traveled 1095 nautical miles and burned only 7 gallons of diesel.
We were blessed with unusual monsoon winds in both hemispheres that allowed us to defy conventional passage routes, but these winds brought with them unsettled weather and we experienced an unusual succession of intense squalls. During one of these squalls, and while trying to right Carina from a near knock-down by releasing the sheets, the flogging mainsail threw a batten to sea and its leech was torn. Thankfully we had our storm trysail to use in its stead so we could continue to beat to weather effectively. The only other equipment failure wasn't really a failure at all; it was the loss of a reference tab of the AWI (apparent wind indicator) as the result of a booby choosing it as a perch. The offense occurred at night and we could see the underpinnings of the goofy booby illuminated in the tricolor masthead navigation light as it teetered precariously but tenaciously on the rotating AWI needle while the mast swung through a wide arc and Carina bashed into waves and fresh winds. Seemingly oblivious to our shouts, the booby eventually fell off the swinging needle and took briefly to air before landing again and breaking off the tab. The silly thing circled us a few more times before becoming discouraged and flying away to perform some other stupid booby act. We're trying to look on the bright side of this - the booby could have easily selected the anemometer instead.
Tomorrow we do check-in formalities for the FSM and begin to explore this island; as viewed from the sea it is reminiscent of islands in the Marquesas. Today we will rest and enjoy the fresh produce, lovely tangerines and homemade soup provided by friends Tom and Janice of SV Tomboy. Tonight we hope to catch up on some much needed sleep.
Your friends of the yacht Carina,
Philip, Leslie and fat cat, Jake