We buried a drone at sea. 2 bells. Drone FH 1 was buried at sea when the auto pilot mode became very confused. He was almost saved but missed the grasp of a hand by millimeters.
Three fish were snagged and one as caught and BBQ'd. Larry and Russ enjoyed sashimi right after the Blue Fin Tuna was hauled onboard and the whole crew enjoyed BBQ'd tuna. A very fresh and filling meal.
Full solar power and a sunny day gave us nearly 2kwh today and enough energy to run all boat systems, make water, and store energy in the batteries. The increased temperature of the water, 70 degrees f, increases salinity and decreases our water making efficiency from 8 gallons per hour heater day to 6 gph today. We are still making plenty of water though. We did run the engine to charge batteries that were depleted from the prior days without full solar.
Tim baking all day, bread, baked bread pudding, sandwiches, pancakes.... The rest of the crew were singing and playing ukeleles.
Got Jenny up!
Jenny has been pulled from the sail locker and is the driving force behind our performance in these conditions.
The race fleet is bifurcated with some boats choosing to go a southerly route and some choosing a northerly route. We chose North and made good time. We made a decision to move a little South and take advantage of a unique weather phenomenon I identified the other day. We made our move to the South during the night in stealth mode and enjoyed strong performance in favorable seas and good winds.