09 April 2010 | Pacific Ocean
The wind kept up through the night and at around 4am, I spotted another boat, putting me in position to defend my throne as top boat spotter and win another ice cream in the marquesas. We covered 140 nm the first day and although we sailed a bit south, we didn’t have to go far off the rum line. A rum line is a straight line from point A to point B. Sailors will often check wind reports and veer off this line to catch better wind and make it faster, but if there is good wind on the rum line it’s the shortest path there. We are trying to decide if we need to alter our path to account for the curvature of the earth. When you are sailing (or flying) long distances, it can make a huge difference to take a curved path rather than take the straight line (this curved line is called the great circle path). The wind kept up the entire day and around 3pm we hit a sea turtle. Alex was up on the bow and it just came up for air and must not have seen us or had time to get out of the way. We didn’t really hit it, just kind of bumped it and it was diving before it was out of sight. We’ve been rolling pretty good, and Diego and myself both started to feel it a little bit, so we spent most of the day in the cockpit. We’re hoping the wind stays this strong for the entire trip and it looks like it should.