Day 14 Passage to the Marquesas

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
Time: 22:00 UTC, Position 09.24.93 south and 123.08.86 West
Heading 270 degrees at about 7 knots

We are having a good sailing day. Seas are calmer, but wind nice
and strong. Still trying to catch fish.
Now that the moon is waxing and is about half full the nights
are really beautiful. The moon lights up the horizon and the
cockpit of the boat seems illuminated by a strong floodlight
until the moon sets ( right now it is at about 11:00, but it
gets later each night as the moon waxes). When the moon is out
you don’t see many stars, but after it sets they are brilliant
too. I have the 6:00 P.M. to midnight shift so I have been
able to do my night watch without it being really dark at all.
Last night I tried to read by moonlight, but it wasn’t strong
enough. Maybe at the full moon?