Day 7: Balance Balance Balance

Air temp: 69 degrees
Humidity: 73% Barometer: 1017 mb and steady
Speed: 5-7 knots Course: 265 degrees magnetic
Distance Left to Hawaii: 1850 miles left
Point of Sail: Stbd. beam reach pointed torwards Hawaii
Wind speed: North 15 knots
Swells: From the North at 5-6 ft.

What is Balance? Balance is the art of adjusting the headsail (jib) and the mainsail so they have equal amounts of force on them. This allows the boat to theoretically sail a straight line without the use of a rudder. Of course, with the outside influence of waves, wind gusts, boat heel and current, the boat never stays perfectly balanced, which is why you need a rudder to bring the boat back on course when these outside influences affect the boat. A lot of my time on this trip so far has been attempting to balance the boat perfectly. The better balanced the boat is, the less strain on the rudder, wind vane, and associated gear. I adjust sail trim, move the jib cars forward and aft, adjust halyard tension, and reduce sail in an attempt to do this. In the end, what I’m trying to say is simple, It’s a pain in the ass. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Good news of the day is Christian on s/v Altair, an Ericson 27 who left April 30th bound for Hilo, made landfall yesterday in good spirits.

Today has been a great day of relaxing and reading. I started reading about Hawaii and the surrounding islands today. I’m looking forward to exploring some volcanoes and waterfalls. Oh yes, and pineapples. Lot’s of pineapples.


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