I made Vietnamese vermicelli bowls with cucumber, carrots, cilantro, peanuts, and a tangy citrus vinegar dressing for lunch. Cold and delicious, just what we needed on the boiling hot day, even as the wind hit 14 knots in the afternoon. We were heeling already, and poor Charles started to get seasick. Maybe lunch, maybe something about our first sail in weeks. The wind shifted unfavorably, pushing us further offshore, and into a distant weather system. We reefed the main at 15:00, and within the hour were seeing 25 knots sustained. It stayed that way for hours, with increasing waves that joined the party – everything just a touch higher than comfortable, and in combination, a little unpleasant.
We hoped to make our next stop at Carrizales again, but started seriously considering Caleta de Campos. We decided to stay on the tack that would bring us close to the entrance overnight. It was hard fought progress on unfavorable tracks, and Charles remained ill. Around midnight, we had a close pass with another sailing vessel, while at the same time our bilge pump suddenly started running continuously – a float switch issue, not a water intrusion problem. But still, had to be fixed immediately so the motor didn’t burn out.