Message in a Bottle (Video)

13 Nov

November 9, 2018

Day 36

Noon Position: 31 36S 126 19W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ESE 6 – 7

Wind(t/tws): SWxW 18

Sea(t/ft): W3, S6

Sky: Fronts rolling through. Low sky. Light rain.

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1011, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 70

Water Temp(f): 66

Relative Humidity(%): 67

Sail: #2 genoa, main, broad reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 116

Miles since departure: 4630

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

All sailing today. The sky is gray and low. Small fronts are blowing through, wave after wave from the west. Wind is 10 or 25. I’d reefed and unreefed the main four times by lunch....

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#248: Bryan Rolfe // The Adventures of Tark

13 Nov


#248. Bryan Rolfe is a grass-roots 30-something cruiser with big dreams and a small budget. Hes been documenting his adventures aboard his 27-foot Albin Vega TARKA on YouTube, and is currently in the Caribbean. Mia & I have followed Bryan from afar since he started his trip, and my conversation with him ended up being a very inspirational look at how someone takes a dream and turns it into reality. Longtime fans of the show will know how excited I get talking to other young folks out there cruising, but this episode is truly for anyone who dreams of heading ...

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Light Variability, For Example

12 Nov

November 8, 2018

Day 35

Noon Position: 30 18S 127 49W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 4

Wind(t/tws): SSE 5 – 6

Sea(t/ft): S 6, not much else

Sky: Complex cloud formations. Feels like a front coming.

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1014, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 72

Water Temp(f): 67

Relative Humidity(%): 70

Sail: Big genoa and main, close hauled.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 106

Miles since departure: 4515

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

At noon I wrote in the log, “Light and contrary. Ug.” All night we ran dead downwind on poles and I star gazed through sparse, cottony cumulus before dinner. Orion ...

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More boat system MFD apps: Maretron, Octoplex, Lumishore, Victron, Integrel, and here comes Navico ID

11 Nov

While the functionality of multifunction marine displays has obviously been moving rapidly beyond navigation to include most any boat system that has (or can have) a digital interface, the pace is actually quickening. In fact, I’m pretty sure that next year we’ll finally see boats nearly as easy and pleasurable to use as a modern automobile, or least showing off significantly greater system integration.

This entry covers a hodgepodge of integration developments I’m aware of, but be forewarned that I often have more questions than answers. That’s largely because whole-boat system integration is being marketed mainly to boatbuilders, and that’s ...

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A Sign of Southing

10 Nov

November 7, 2018

Day 34

Noon Position: 29 09S 129 21W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SE 4-5

Wind(t/tws): NNW 6-8

Sea(t/ft): NNW 1, SE 2, S6 (big, old, dying swell)

Sky: Cumulus low and cirrus with mares tails

10ths Cloud Cover: 7

Bar(mb): 1018, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 79

Water Temp(f): 70

Relative Humidity(%): 52

Sail: All sail. #1 genoa and main rigged for a quartering breeze and #1 genoa poled to windward and sheeted way out.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 56

Miles since departure: 4409

Avg. Miles/Day: 130

Just enough wind overnight to keep sails full and quite.

The sea ran down ...

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Flirting with the Infinite

9 Nov

November 6, 2018

Day 33

Noon Position: 28 18S 129 46W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): S 4

Wind(t/tws): ExS 7

Sea(t/ft): SE 2 (big old swell coming up from S, occasionally S @ 6)

Sky: Stratocumulus (Clear by mid afternoon.)

10ths Cloud Cover: 8

Bar(mb): 1019, steady

Cabin Temp(f): 77

Water Temp(f): 70

Relative Humidity(%): 54 (47% by mid afternoon; driest this passage)

Sail: #1 and Main, full; close hauled

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 105

Miles since departure: 4353

Avg. Miles/Day: 132

Everything today speaks of desert.

Dawn revealed a deck of mid-level stratocumulus clouds, flat and unmoving, clouds Alan Watts in ...

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The Maiden Factor world tour

9 Nov

The newly refitted Maiden setting sail from Southampton

I have always been a huge proponent of women in sailing. I guess it started when as a kid I got thumped on the race course by some girls in our cub and I figured that I had no right to ever think I was a better sailor than them just because I was a male. They ...
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Losing our Wind

9 Nov

November 5, 2018

Day 32

Noon Position: 26 45S 128 59W

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

Wind(t/tws): SExS 10

Sea(t/ft): E 3

Sky: Altocumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 2

Bar(mb): 1021, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 81

Water Temp(f): 73

Relative Humidity(%): 55 (dry)

Sail: #2 genoa, main, full; close hauled (AWA roughly 40 degrees)

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 125

Miles since departure: 4248

Avg. Miles/Day: 133

Wind has tailed off and gone SE. We’re cruising the top of a high, and, sadly, we’re giving up much of the easting made over the last weeks. Another day of this and then becalmed a day ...

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Silver linings to an extended haul out

8 Nov
Dog stands watch at gravel shipyard with people conversing in the distance

Early morning shadows stretch across the gravel lot of Cabrales Boatyards hardstand where Perro Negro (black dog) holds court. Mairen and Siobhan get the first of today’s Spanish vocabulary from the night guard as we’ve affectionately come to call maestro (teacher) for his enthusiastic lessons before he heads off duty for the day.

Sailboat on hardstand with ladder alongside for access

Boats in many parts of the northern hemisphere haul out for the season at this time of year; boats on the hard here in Puerto Peñasco are waking up from a hurricane season respite. Tucked onto jackstands for a long winter nap or summer away, maintenance or ...

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Ho! Henderson Island to Starboard

8 Nov

November 4, 2018

Day 31

Noon Position: 24 44S 128 17W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SSW 6 – 7

Wind(t/tws): ESE 18 – 20

Sea(t/ft): E 6 – 8

Sky: Light Cumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 5

Bar(mb): 1023, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 77

Water Temp(f): 74

Relative Humidity(%): 68

Sail: #2 three reefs; main 2 reefs, close reach (55 – 60 AWA).

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 146

Miles since departure: 4123

Avg. Miles/Day: 133

Henderson Island was hull up when I rolled out of my bunk at 7am. At eight miles off, it was but a thick and unmoving line atop the ...

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