Under mostly overcast skies, we rigged up two head sails as our down wind rig. This worked out really well. No more worrying about accidental gybes. For a couple of days we noticed that our CPT auto pilot was getting louder. We decided that it was not our imagination and took action. We have a wind and water power self steering machine on the stern of Pangaea called a Monitor. We have only played with it briefly. The electric AP is so much easier to set up. Today would be the day that the big stainless steel contraption on the back of the boat would pay off. Al and I spent an hour setting it up. It turned out to be a an amazing piece of equipment. It steers a better course than we could! We sailed all day and night with 11 to 16 knot winds. Katie fed the crew home made baked ham and cheese rolls (recipe courtesy of Alicia!) for lunch followed by chickpea curry with cauliflower rice for dinner.
Gybing was on the activity list for the day, so we switched the sails and the pole from one side to the other as we turned south. This took about less than and hour. This would be our last gybe. In the after noon we celebrated our half way point with Raddlers (half lager beer and half lemonade). For dinner we had left over butternut squash lasagna with freshly baked oatmeal raisin cookies and blueberries with whipped cream for dessert.
We sailed with our twin head sail configuration all day. We also had our first of many squalls. This on was short and sweet. Strong gusts to 20 knots with light rain. We decided to take down the second head sail at night due to the strong gusts. We had Chipotle chicken lettuce wraps for lunch and salmon paddies, wasabi mashed potatoes and roasted brussel sprouts for our dinner.
The second jib went back up in the morning. In the afternoon a really large pod of dolphins came rushing over to swim in our bow wave. That never gets old. First mate and chef Katie served a sausage, butternut squash and wild rice casserole for dinner.
At 4/3/17 5:04 PM (utc) our position was 05°57.48'N 129°46.15'W
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