We try to avoid motoring whenever possible, as it’s a waste of diesel, the noise downstairs is deafening and the engine heats up the boat. At the moment the wind is very light (about 8 knots), but it would be enough to keep the boat going slowly, so usually we wouldn’t start the engine at that point. However, the grib files show that instead of the predicted Southeasterlies we relied on the wind will set in tomorrow from the East, blow hard from the East on Wednesday and will then even turn Northeast on Thursday. Therefore we must reach Tahiti before that turn and that means we have to put up with the droning Yanmar and keep on motorsailing for a while. 270 nm as the greater crested tern flies!

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