Little Experiment and Two Lows

15 Dec

Day 48
Noon Position: 50 59S 98 03W

Course/Speed: ESE 7

Wind: WSW 25

Sail: Working jib, two reefs; main three reefs; wind abeam

Bar: 1011

Sea: W 10

Sky: Broken; some high squall

Cabin Temp: 55

Water Temp: 44 


Sleep

Last night: 8 hours, up four times; quality: high

Today: 1 hours; quality: high
Meals

Dinner: Pasta with chicken and parmesan cheese.

Breakfast: Oatmeal (1C dry) with peanut butter and dates and polenta for a different texture

Lunch: Leftover oatmeal. Can of giant beans, tomato, eggplant; added WASA crackers to bulk up; then cheese and crackers.

Snacks: 1/2 chocolate ...

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A blog is not an article

15 Dec
There is a difference between a blog and an article. I know, because I write both but on balance 90% of my writing these days are my various blogs. Blogs, at least the way I view things, are there to provoke a conversation, to get people thinking and talking (and arguing if necessary). I recently wrote a piece about the new America’s Cup design saying that I didn’t much care for it. As you can imagine I got some hate mail but at least I didn’t get a death threat like the one I got when I wrote a piece ...
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The Figure 8 Voyage 2017-12-15 01:57:54

15 Dec

Day 47
Noon Position: 49 57S 101 54W

Course/Speed: ESE 6+

Wind: SW 30 – 35

Sail: “storm jib” and triple reefed main; wind on beam

Bar: 1001

Sea: W and SW to 10

Sky: Broken, some sun, some squalls

Cabin Temp: 58

Water Temp: 45 
Miles last 24-hours: 141

Miles since departure: 6303


Sleep

Last night: 9 hours, up four times; quality: very poor (Mo quite rolly)

Today: 2 hours (slept through the alarm set for one hour); quality: high
Meals

Dinner: Left over cabbage, pork and mashed potato stew (added one can of carrots and peas and more ...

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Roaring in the Roaring Forties

14 Dec
Dubarry Crosshaven Boots in action on Scallywag, Volvo Ocean Race 2017/2018, credit Ricardo Pinto
They don’t call them the Roaring Forties for nothing and right now those Forties are starting to roar while the seven teams competing in the Volvo Ocean Race are suiting up for the challenge. Since leaving Cape Town the sailors have been keeping an eye on an intense low pressure system rolling in from the west. On a weather map it looks like a swirling beast that will be impossible to avoid. The best the sailors can do will be to ride it out making sure ...
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47 South and Sleep

14 Dec

Day 46
Noon Position: 48 02S 103 59W

Course/Speed: SE 6-7

Wind: W 25 – 30

Sail: Working jib, wind on starboard quarter

Bar: 1009

Sea: W 10+

Sky: Overcast

Cabin Temp: 56

Water Temp: 47
Miles last 24-hours: 142

Miles since departure: 6459


Three times I’ve gone on deck to raise the main, just a scratch of a main, and I don’t. The working jib is flying solo as it has done the last 24 hours. Wind is on starboard quarter, 25 this morning and 30 this afternoon. We make 6 and 7 knots with no apparent strain. And ...

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Passage notes: westbound across the Caribbean

13 Dec

Sailing wing and wing

_DSC2312Totem is sailing toward sunsets again. Turning towards the Dutch Antilles from Martinique was more westbound than south. This passage brought back more than a familiar angle for sunrises and moonsets: it’s also…

  • downwind sailing for the first time in 18 months
  • first passage with more than one night at sea in 18 months
  • a nearly full moon! so nice on a passage, and something we had a knack for mis-timing
  • new destinations, instead of retracing a track

The 470nm distance was slightly awkward. It’s just long enough to necessitate a third night at sea. The benefit is a chance ...

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LUNACY’S FLOODED ENGINE: The Final Solution

13 Dec

Master Blaster

By far the biggest disappointment of my recent new-boat buying experience was when new Lunacy’s engine flooded in the middle of the Atlantic as I was sailing her back from France this past spring. My initial reaction, as I described before, was one of abject denial, though the problem was not at all unanticipated. In fact, prior to leaving, I had asked Jean-François Eeman, managing director of Boréal, point blank if they’d ever had any flooded engines on their boats. He answered there had been only one, on a boat where the buyer had asked that the ...

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The Stingy Sea

12 Dec

Day 45
Noon Position: 46 51S 106 41W

Course/Speed: ESE 5

Wind: WSW 18 – 28

Sail: Working jib only

Bar: 1006

Sea: W 10

Sky: Cloudy, a squall no and then

Cabin Temp: 55

Water Temp: 47
Miles last 24-hours: 142*

Miles since departure: 6020
*Due to a math error on the part of the skipper over the weekend, two hours had to be withdrawn from today’s run to get Mo into the appropriate zone time. Thus, our 24-hour run was more like 154 miles.

Our sweet westerly has some south in it today, a little too much for ...

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Slowing Time

12 Dec

Day 44
Noon Position: 45 44S 109 33W

Course/Speed: ESE 6

Wind: W 18 – 29

Sail: Twins poled, deeply reefed

Bar: 1012, dropping

Sea: W 15

Sky: Clear

Cabin Temp: 59 

Water Temp: 48
Miles last 24-hours: 156

Miles since departure: 5878


I know the transition has been slow. Nothing much happens quickly when you’re traveling at 7 miles an hour. But it feels quick. Everything feels quick. Wave movement, wind, approaching cloud, boat motion. And most especially the transition from where we were two weeks ago to the surprising where we are now. I don’t remember a transition. ...

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219: Katie & Jessie (& Luke!) on a Boat // Great Loop & Trans-Atlantic

12 Dec

Show notes:

Photos from Jessie:


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


 #OntheWindPodcast  Episode #219 w. Kaitie & Jessie (& Luke) on a boat /  katieandjessieonaboat.com/   //  59-north.com


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