|The Crew of Aeriagnie - Cecile, Ben, Rene, and Scott|
|The Golden Gate on the Morning of Our Start|
|Umbrella Shelter in the Head|
I started to feel somewhat better and soon Scott
|Ben and the "Clothesline"|
|Scott at the Helm|
|Cecile on the Radio|
|Another Grey Morning|
|Our First Fish|
Day 7 saw us reach the halfway point. We had planned a party to celebrate the event. I was so tired that I passed out and missed the entire production. Cecile cooked Mahi Mahi and made salad, which they washed down with chardonnay. I slept, although I did eat some of the tasty fish and salad when I got up for my 6 pm watch. Tired as I was, I didn’t dare touch the wine until after my watch at 10 pm, when I sat up long enough to drink a glass of wine and munch a few Pringles.
Once again, the evening was squally with intermittent showers. Cecile and Scott spent the evening hours repairing the boom vang. They reformed the bent mast fitting and reattached the eight screws that had pulled out of the mast and then reinforceded the vang with three metal bands. It seemed to be holding. For purposes of race communications, we had remained on California time, but we were now so far west that it didn’t get dark until 10:00 at night. Dawn did not show its face until well after my watch ended at 6 am.
|Triple Reefed Main|
Day 9 – July 19, 2016
|Buona Sera Passing By|
|Me Steering Through Squalls|
|Gin & Tonics in the Cockpit|
|Our First Real Sunset|
|Scott with Our Mahi Mahi|
|Flying Fish Make Great Appetizers|
|Sometimes the Floor Was the Safest Place|
|We Couldn't See Much of the Islands|
|Aeriagnie in Her Lei|
A large crowd of people assembled to meet us. Our first visitor was the safety inspector who verified that we still had all the required gear. Then we were presented with a participation plaque. Ben’s family sent us a beautiful lei for the boat. Finally, the lei and tray folks arrived with leis for each of us, mai tais, and trays of pineapple which we devoured immediately. Tired as we were, we repaired to the bar for another round of drinks. It must have been at least 3:00 am before we got showers and actually hit the hay.