February 22, 2019/Day 141
Noon Position: 46 25S 158 30W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): NExE 5
Miles since departure: 19,368
Avg. Miles/Day: 137
Winds went light overnight, and we were back to the slatting sails game by dawn. I poled out the working jib before coffee; we went wing and wing for a time. That helped.
Sunup came bright on cobalt blue water and the ocean opened like a flower. The warm breeze carried a scent of spice into the cabin. The cloudless sky seemed a vast, pale, edgeless desert hung above the softly undulating desert below it. From Mo’s still decks, ... Read More
February 21, 2019/Day 140
Noon Position: 47 13S 161 15W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 3
Wind(t/tws): NWxN 6 – 7
Miles since departure: 19,245
Avg. Miles/Day: 137
Wind slowly withdrew in the night. It was enough to sail on when the moon came up full, yellow at first and then milk white, but by early morning, I could hear the main’s rhythmic slatting on the minimal sea, a sure sign. On deck, not a breath. I dropped the complainer and rolled in the forbearing but equally useless genoa at 4am and slept in utter stillness until sunrise.
Becalmed. There is something delicious ... Read More
On April 6th, 2019 older GPS units may experience a range of problems because of a limitation in how they handle dates. Thos problems could include not being able to receive location data. It turns out the way dates are stored in older GPS units has a rollover event every roughly 20 years and we are about to experience the second one since the GPS constellations came online. The rollover last happened in 1999 but in the last 20 years, the use and dependence on GPS has increased dramatically.
The Department of Homeland Security has published a bulletin on the ... Read More
Captain Andy turned 35 on the trans-At!
In the days before accurate longitude at sea, trans-Atlantic skippers followed the by now cliched “sail south until the butter melts, then turn right.” Once the New World was discovered, and in turn mapped, sailors knew where the different islands in the West Indies lay, north-south anyway. They’d have known the Virgin Islands were about 18º30’ N, for example. Or that Nelson’s base on the south coast of Antigua was at exactly 17º N. They’d have known too, with a good trade wind blowing, roughly how many days after the butter melted it ... Read More
#256: August Sandberg is a young Norwegian sailor and filmmaker. After being inspired at a young age by the Norwegian sailing greats, he bought a boat with his friend and sailed it across the Atlantic and down to Panama. He now works as a teacher, professional filmmaker and sailor. Andy caught up with him at his home on the west coast of Norway... Read More
February 187, 2019/Day 136
Noon Position: 47 16S 173 45W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7+
Miles since departure: 18,734
Avg. Miles/Day: 138
Brisk winds with squalls continue. Nights have been kind; wind and seas have been steady, allowing good sleep. But the days are a wild card of open sky followed by squalls, then open sky again. The open sky episodes blow hard. The squalls blow hard, but wind is quite variable. Thus, I’ve had to reef the twin headsails way in for the sake of energy conservation. It’s either that or sit on deck with a winch handle in my ... Read More
What is arguably the most innovative electronics system in recent times debuted at the Miami boat show and very few people noticed! I’m talking specifically about the Navico Information Display that was purportedly integrated into the dashboards of some 14 new boats around the show, but there may well have been similar new integrations going on that even an obsessive marine electronics journalist is not aware of.
While the phrase “new paradigm” seems overused and often misunderstood, I think we’re looking at the real deal as the familiar model of how boat electronics are developed and marketed submerges behind ... Read More
February 16 (again), 2019/Day 135 (again)
Noon Position: 47 07S 177 42 *WEST*
Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7
Miles since departure: 18,572
Avg. Miles/Day: 138
Last night before midnight, Mo crossed the 180th meridian and passed from east longitude back into west longitude. More interestingly, from a balance sheet perspective, we crossed the International Date Line, which makes today February 16, again.
What is the International Date Line? It’s the day I get to take my miles back!
I keep Mo on zone time at sea, the same kind of time we live by on land. There are 24 one-hour zones ... Read More
February 16, 2019/Day 135
Noon Position: 47 15S 178 34E
Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 6+
Miles since departure: 18,420
Avg. Miles/Day: 136
A slow night has given way to a fast day. Rain in the morning. Then squalls till mid afternoon. Then puffy cumulus as the wind hardened into the middle 30s from the WSW. This surprised me, that the low would come with cumulus and not the solid deck and rain one expects. But as I type, the sky astern has grown dark and heavy. Now comes the low.
We are entering that part of the voyage where gear ... Read More
Here I sit typing words into the internet while 37,000ft over the Caribbean sea, winging my way towards Antigua. What an amazing age we live in! Internet connectivity while going this fast over such a lonely stretch of the planet still blows my mind.
I’m on my way to Antigua to help out on Isbjorn, a Swan 48 that is being campaigned by my good friend Andy Schell. I’m to be a cook on the race, keeping one half of our 12 person crew fed and happy. The race we will be sailing in is the RORC 600. It’s a 600 mile ... Read More