A Sad Day At Sea or Anywhere
High Noon on the Moon (That's La Luna to You)

Starry, Starry Night

Tonight, we are sailing on the sea of our dreams. There is very little swell; we have between 10 and 12 knots of wind directly from the east (finally); sailing under reduced main, reduced jib, and staysail on a dark and starry night. The moon, bright but not full, won't make an appearance until after midnight, during EW's watch. I am sailing in the dark, the only way I can tell sea from sky is by the stars.

Our speed sometimes reaches 5 knots -- a meandering for a horse, or a jog for a runner --- at sea on a dark night it feels as though we are barrelling toward the unknown. I keep watch, checking for lights from other vessels in the distance, and checking the instruments below for AIS reception from vessels that are closer. Though I've heard first two large yachts and today two ships hail each other, we have not been within sight, radar, or AIS of an other vessel during my watch for days.

We are alone. In the dark. Under a starry starry night. This easy sail is soothing, strangely beautiful, and comforting during a time when comfort is needed. And while we are just two on La Luna, we know that we aren't alone. Here at sea, we talk daily with two other sailboats heading to the Caribbean. Back at home, we know that loving thoughts, hugs, and prayers have been lifted to us and for us and for my family.

We feel them all and are grateful.

Thank you.

OH! EW would like to inform all interested parties that we FINALLY had full sun today and that the solar panels put out 15 amps from their mounts low on the starboard and port rails. He was delighted. So was I, but I was also just happy to see the sun.

As of 2200 (10:00 PM) on Saturday the 13th, we were located at North 17 degrees 45.64 minutes, West 032 degrees 03.90 minutes.

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