8:00 - My shift starts at 8am so I slowly make my way out of bed. 4½ hour of sleep is not quite enough. Simon and Alessio are both awake after the night watch and giving the boat a bit of love. The wind gauge stopped working and we disassemble the display and reconnects the cables. Unfortunately to no awail so the hypothesis is now that some water seeped into it and it needs some time to dry. Maybe just a fools hope.
9:30 - Spend an hour in the kitchen cleaning last nights plates and making pancakes for breakfast. Certainly not the best place to be on a rocking boat. Hot and with no visual sea. It feels good when you finally emerge with a tray of pancakes, maple syrop and Nutella.
11:30 - Alessio heads off for a nap but hears a rattling sound. The following investigation finds that it is simply the lower protection on the starboard stay that is a bit loose. Nothing to worry about. However, during the investigation we discover that a bolt on the baseplate of the starboard stay has snapped and the baseplate is coming loose. This would ultimately lead to the mast falling off which falls under the category 'suboptimal'. We spend the next hour replacing the bolt and tightens the remaining bolts on both stays. After this emotional experience we drink a cold beer.
12:30 - Alessio prepares a simple (but very good) salad for lunch. The fridge is packed with vegetables and there should be plenty for the whole week of sailing.
13:30 - We film our female companion, Judy, in the various situations that she encounters every day on the boat. She is happy to be the center of attention.
15:00 - I read in a boat manual for two minutes but the style of writing reminds me of work (or university) and I need to lie down for 30 minutes and nap.
17:00 - The bathroom light in my cabin stopped working several months ago. The switch was rusted through and we have bought a new one. One of the more annoying features of seawater is that it deteriorates everything on a boat so you have the constant joy of replacing electrical installations.
Since we are taking it all apart we would also like to replace the old halogen light with led lights which use a fraction of the energy. Simon bought 10m cable with led lights and you simply cut off as many lights as you need and connect it to the 12V supply. Brilliant. But rather difficult to solder wires onto and the unruly motions of the ocean doen't exactly help.
19:00 - Simon cooks chicken rapped in bacon with roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. Unfortunately, most of the accompanying sauce is spilled on the floor when the boat hits a wave. Cooking on open sea is a delicate act. It also affects the way you walk around on the boat with bended knees and hunched back to keep the center of gravity low. Like kids just learning to walk. It's difficult to predict the motions on a catamaran compared to a monohaul.
20:00 - The wind calms a bit so we remove the reef in the sail. Simon heads off to bed to get some sleep before his watch. I look at the video of Judy and update the log of this very eventful day.
22:00 - I nap for 45 minutes before it's my shift. The wind has picked up again so we put a reef in the sail. I spend another quiet night watch looking at the stars, listening to the waves and reading my current book on the eReader: 'Five minutes past midnight in Bhopal' about the tragic industrial disaster of a pesticide plant in India. Good uplifting reading.
02:00 - Simon takes the watch and we share a cup of tea before I head to bed. The wind is now only 4m/s so we put away the jib and starts motoring SW. Another day on the Pacific is over and we are 210 km closer to Galapagos.