Good Progress and Monte Speaks

21 Jul

July 19, 2019

Day 247

Noon Position: 58 00N  51 41W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NxW 7

Wind(t/tws): E 12 – 15

Sea(t/ft): SE 3

Sky/10ths Cover: Overcast/10

Bar(mb): 1009+, rising

On-deck Temp(f): 56

Cabin Temp(f): 55

Water Temp(f): 43

Relative Humidity(%): 63

Magnetic Variation: -22.6

Sail: Working jib and main, close reaching on starboard

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 165

Miles since departure: 32,456

Leg Newfoundland to Nuuk

Day: 4

Miles: 637

Miles to Nuuk: 365

The day has been kind. Though not a soul would call this trade wind sailing, the fog has lifted such that one’s gaze must travel an ...

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IceBear update: Lunenburg to Annapolis

21 Jul

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Update from ICEBEAR // July 21, 10.00

As I am typing this, I am sitting at the farm house in Sweden watching the tracker on the website, curiously waiting for the next update from Andy & ICEBEAR via the YB tracker or the Sat phone. Now I know what it feels like for the families back home, following the progress from the home. The tracker and the new messages we have been posted along with it is a nice treat for us not being onboard, and I thought I could cut together a short blog with some updates from Andy....

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Mia: Back in Sweden while IceBear is sailing south

21 Jul

A very nice day to fly back home to Sweden…

A very nice day to fly back home to Sweden…

Written on July 10, 2019 by Mia

Back in Sweden…

IceBear is currently offshore, about 100 nm from Lunenburg and off the coast of Nova Scotia. They had a nice passage south from St. Johns with a stop in the French Island St. Pierre. But this is the first time in a very long time that I am not onboard, sailing with Andy and the crew and finishing off the season. We made the decision a while back, we have now lived at the farm in Sweden over two years ...

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Fog, Add Wind

20 Jul

July 18, 2019

Day 246

Noon Position: 55 16N 51 05W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): N 7 – 8

Wind(t/tws): SE 25

Sea(t/ft): SE 7

Sky/10ths Cover: Fog, varies from 100ft viz to 1 mile.

Bar(mb): 1002, falling slowly

On-deck Temp(f): 55 (51 at 6am)

Cabin Temp(f): 61

Water Temp(f): 46

Relative Humidity(%): 63

Magnetic Variation: -20.6

Sail: Working jib, three reefs, main two reefs, broad reach on starboard

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 162

Miles since departure: 32,219

Leg Newfoundland to Nuuk

Day: 3

Miles: 472

Fast all night with wind deep on the quarter and the jib poled out to ...

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Fog

19 Jul

July 17, 2019

Day 245

Noon Position: 52 36N  51 36W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NxE 6.5

Wind(t/tws): SE 10

Sea(t/ft): Various to 2

Sky/10ths Cover: Fog/10. Visibility 300 feet.

Bar(mb): 1013, steady

On-deck Temp(f): 69 (49 at 6am)

Cabin Temp(f): 63

Water Temp(f): 45

Relative Humidity(%): 55

Magnetic Variation: -19.6

Sail: Motoring. Working jib and main at full.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 129

Miles since departure: 32,129

Leg Newfoundland to Nuuk

Day: 2

Miles: 310

Fog sometimes clears to a mile, but usually it stays low and heavy, a few boat lengths to a few hundred feet being typical.

For ...

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Fog

19 Jul

July 17, 2019

Day 245

Noon Position: 52 36N  51 36W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NxE 6.5

Wind(t/tws): SE 10

Sea(t/ft): Various to 2

Sky/10ths Cover: Fog/10. Visibility 300 feet.

Bar(mb): 1013, steady

On-deck Temp(f): 69 (49 at 6am)

Cabin Temp(f): 63

Water Temp(f): 45

Relative Humidity(%): 55

Magnetic Variation: -19.6

Sail: Motoring. Working jib and main at full.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 129

Miles since departure: 32,129

Leg Newfoundland to Nuuk

Day: 2

Miles: 310

Fog sometimes clears to a mile, but usually it stays low and heavy, a few boat lengths to a few hundred feet being typical.

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Visible Part 2: Hands-on testing Verizon’s $40 per month unlimited brand

19 Jul

In 8 days I ran up 50+ gigabytes of usage with no problems

A couple of weeks ago Visible announced they have removed the 5 megabits per second speed cap making their $40 unlimited plan even more interesting. In my entry on the change I promised I would order a line and see how it worked out. The SIM has arrived and testing is well underway and although it hasn’t been all sunshine and roses I’m going to try using Visible as my main cell carrier (though I have an embarrassing number of alternatives).

Using the service

Visible is quick ...

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Gray

18 Jul

July 16, 2019/Day 244

Noon Position: 50 28N 52 06W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NNE 5

Miles since departure: 32,000

Leg Newfoundland to Nuuk/Days: 2

 

Gray on gray. The fog came in hard at the Baccalieu Tickle yesterday. Within the hour it was raining. Since then it’s been variations on same with a kind of wet chill that is reminiscent of the Southern Ocean.

When I woke, the on deck thermometer read 50 degrees; water temperature, 47. The first layer of thin thermals went on after coffee, the thin layer because, well, this is just the beginning.

We make good time on ...

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#270: Ben Shaw & Lauren Keane // ICEBEAR Crew & Living the Dream

17 Jul

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#270. Ben Shaw & Lauren Keane were recent crewmembers on ICEBEAR for the Annapolis to Lunenburg passage. Mia & I first met Ben’s parents, Sid & Rebecca, in 2011 in St. Pierre, as we were getting ready to sail ARCTURUS trans-Atlantic. Inspired by us, and with a career in radio production Ben recently started the ‘Out the Gate’ sailing podcast. I talked to him and Lauren about their goals to take their kids long-distance cruising and how they’re making that dream into reality.

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The Baccalieu Tickle

16 Jul

July 15, 2019

Day 243

Noon Position: 47 54N 52 51W (approaching the Baccalieu Tickle)

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NNE 6.5

Wind(t/tws): WxS 6

Sea(t/ft): NNE 3 and various

Sky/10ths Cover: High fog then low fog/10

Bar(mb): 1013, rising slowly

Cabin Temp(f): 66

Water Temp(f): 60

Relative Humidity(%): 60

Sail: #2 and main, full; motor sailing until 1400; then sailing.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 7:30am departure to noon = 24nm

Miles since departure:  31,843

Leg Newfoundland to Nuuk

Days: 0

Miles: 24

Mo and I departed the Long Pond breakwater at 0730 under power and on a flat calm. Out in the ...

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