Lots of jibing in this squally race. Here is a quick one.
Squalls everywhere: A challenge yet an opportunity. We have lots of miles to make out.
This I can’t take a picture of. But it’s cool and rare. There is an essentially full moon that makes the whole Ocean glitter. Moving across our track, diagonally, with more or less the speed of the wind are squall clouds. And then… the rarest thing had us all in awe. Our rookie, Seth-the-Santa-Cruz-Surfer spots it first… A Moonbow!!!! (Rainbow of the night) You don’t see those often, you can’t see them on photographs. The bright light of the moon playing with the giant prism encapsulated in the raindrops of a huge squall. Low, gigantic, totally mysterious. If you haven’t seen one, you must. Somewhere, over the Moon-bow….
Paradise needed a sound-track, got my Jambox and Iz. What else do we need!
Nice waves, warmer, refreshing breeze, it’s starting to feel like Paradise.
Looking for more wind: everything seems a bit warmer and less windy. Squalls are already forming in the early afternoon.
Position is: 24 18 N, 139 38 W
TWD 050 @ 11, Swell 1 m from NW, Sky 75% cover, 1019mb
The Tropicbird, Hawaiian Koa‘e, just greeted us, 1000 miles off any land. This very elegant bird likes to come and hunt flying fish while staying in the air for weeks at a time. They’ll also dive for prey if they spot any. The genetic lineage of the Tropicbird is a bit of a mystery. A gorgeous site that had the whole team on watch in awe.