To Tuk

6 Sep

September 4, 2019

Days at Sea: 276
Days Since Departure: 340

Noon Position: 69 56N  132 25W 
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SW 5
Wind(t/tws): SE <10
Sea(t/ft): SE 1
Sky/10ths Cover: Altocumulus 9 
Bar(mb): 1011
On-deck Temp(f): 44
Cabin Temp(f):  57
Water Temp(f): 38
Relative Humidity(%): 50
Magnetic Variation: 20.9

Sail: #1 and main, full; wind on the beam.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 135
Miles since departure: 35,128

The strangest thing about yesterday was that two hours after rounding the top of the Baillie Islands, a large raven flew over the boat. The color pallet for pelagics favors white and pale grays. ...

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T-Mobile Test Drive, try out T-Mobile’s network on them

6 Sep

T-Mobile has been busy building out their network and extending coverage. For many boaters it may be the best compromise of coverage and cost-effectiveness. But, how do you know if their coverage is good enough where you plan to use it? T-Mobile hopes you will take them up on their offer and try 30gb of data and a hot-spot to find out.

Here’s the quick summary. If you visit T-Mobile’s Test Drive site and give them your name, phone number, email address and shipping address they will send you a mobile hot-spot (the 600mhz capable Coolpad Surf) and ...

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AMERICA’S CUP 36: Kiwis Splash the First AC75

6 Sep

Right! We’re getting closer to the interesting part of the run-up to the next America’s Cup, the part where people actually start sailing the boats they will race on. Team New Zealand stole a small march on the other four teams competing in this 36th edition of the event, when it launched the first full-size AC75 in Auckland today (which is already practically yesterday over there in the Antipodes). Luna Rossa, the Italian Challenger of Record, shouldn’t be far behind and is expected to launch next week.

The Kiwis have decided to name their boat Te Aihe, an unpronounceable ...

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Man overboard safety options expand

5 Sep

In man overboard (MOB) scenarios, time is frequently the difference between a happy outcome and tragedy. The sooner everyone on the boat is aware there’s a problem and begins responding the greater the odds this will be a scary moment on which to reflect and not a life-changing event.

Wireless man overboard systems immediately notify, and in some cases shut down the engines, in case an occupant falls overboard. When someone goes overboard and visual contact is lost there is a 40% chance that person won’t be recovered. Early notification of an occupant falling over board is crucial to improving ...

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Overtopping the Baillie Islands

5 Sep

September 3, 2019

Days at Sea: 275
Days Since Departure: 339

Noon Position: 70 16N  125 53W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): WxN 5.5
Wind(t/tws): E 15
Sea(t/ft): SE 3
Sky/10ths Cover: Clear 0  
Bar(mb): 1015, steady
On-deck Temp(f): 45
Cabin Temp(f): 65
Water Temp(f): 32 (ice is near)
Relative Humidity(%): 35
Magnetic Variation: 20.7

Sail: Under engine; full sail as well.  

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 132
Miles since departure: 34,993

After sunset, I slowed Mo so that I could sleep. The reason for the slowing was that as we approached Cape Parry, our clear water would become what the ice charts classify ...

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Five new IMOCA 60’s launched

5 Sep



There have been five new IMOCA 60 yachts launched in the last six weeks with two others currently being built and soon to be launched. To say that the IMOCA class is thriving is an understatement. Each year I go to the start of the vendee globe in France and I marvel at how space-age the boats are and think to myself that it would be impossible to improve ...
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Sept 2, Slow Slowly West and North PLUS VIDEO

4 Sep

September 2, 2019

Days at Sea: 274
Days Since Departure: 338

Noon Position: 69 41N  199 42W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): WxN 4.2
Wind(t/tws): W 5
Sea(t/ft): NE 1
Sky/10ths Cover: Overcast 8 (Squalls with light snow till noon)
Bar(mb): 1019
On-deck Temp(f): 40
Cabin Temp(f): 65
Water Temp(f): 36
Relative Humidity(%): 34
Magnetic Variation: 19.5

Sail: Under power. 

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 119
Miles since departure: 34,807

Miles to Tuk: 300

Little to report but progress, slow progress. We are motoring on a flat sea now and at the usual clip, but there is a current here in the Amundsen Gulf ...

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The Clipper Round the World Race

4 Sep

Departing for the start under Tower Bridge

The Clipper Round the World Race started this past Sunday. The fleet of 11 boats left from St Catherine’s Dock in central London, passed under Tower Bridge and motored down the Thames River to the start line off Southend-on-Sea at the mouth of the Thames. The fleet is bound for Portimão, Portugal some 1,200 miles away. This is the twelfth running of ...
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Sept 1, Underway again (and another Northwest Passage Video)

3 Sep

September 1, 2019

Days Since Departure: 337

Noon Position: 68 48N 114 43W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): N 4

Sail: Under power; main 1 reef

Miles since departure: 34,688

Winds are finally diminishing, but out in Dolphin and Union the short, stocky sea is still pushing Mo around. Not going to be fast for a while yet.

I remember the point during the 2014 Northwest Passage when I’d had enough, enough engine racket, enough of being stuck in a cabin that was either too cold or too hot, enough of the what-if-we-dont-make-it-then-what worry. That point was three days after Tuk on the 1000 ...

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Aug 31, Boat Bound in Bernard (plus Video)

2 Sep

August 31, 2019

Wind: NW15-20
Sky: Low and squally with SNOW
6am Temperatures–
On Deck: 37
Cabin: 45 (before I fired up the heater)
Water: 39

Snow. 

It’s too warm to stick, but that it’s falling at all I take as a sign. In the Arctic, the dog days of summer portend winter; autumn is coming quickly, and I’m but half way through the Northwest Passage. Half way and still pinned down by contrary winds in Bernard Harbor.

Where I live at the moment, inside the boat a quarter mile S of North Star Point, is comfortable enough, but within ...

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