Fast Days on Horn Final Approach

1 Dec

November 26, 2018

Day 53

Noon Position: 55 35S  81 46W

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

Wind(t/tws): W 20+

Sea(t/ft): W 10

Sky: Clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 0

Bar(mb): 1011+, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 57

Water Temp(f): 40

Relative Humidity(%): 65

Sail: Twins poled out, two rolls in each.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 168

Miles since departure: 6997

Avg. Miles/Day: 132

One gets to see first hand during weeks like this why the Clipper Route was the most efficient route around the world for commercial shipping prior to steam and the Panama Canal.

Mo has had consistently strong westerlies since November 15th, ...

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Coming soon to Toronto and Seattle Boat Shows

30 Nov
birds-eye view of two boats rafted together as a dinghy carves a wake through the water in front of them.


Making winter boat show plans? Let’s meet! Jamie and I are excited to have finalized plans for presenting at the Toronto Boat Show and Seattle Boat Show in early 2019. We can’t wait to share our experiences and enthusiasm for cruising with those who hope to make the break, and meeting up with members of the cruising community. Here’s the scoop on when and where.

Toronto Boat Show: Jan. 23rd & 24th

Toronto International Boat Show Logo

We’ll be coming up from Puerto Vallarta, a jarring climate change. Shove tea in my trembling hands if necessary. Jamie and I are presenting at 12:30 ...

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The Bone of Satisfaction

30 Nov

The Bone of Satisfaction

November 25, 2018

Day 52

Noon Position: 54 56S  86 34W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExS 7+

Wind(t/tws): WNW 25 – 30

Sea(t/ft): W  10

Sky: Total, slate gray cloud cover

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1000

Cabin Temp(f): 52

Water Temp(f): 40

Relative Humidity(%): 79

Sail: Twin headsails, poled out; reefed by two thirds.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 160

Miles since departure: 6829

Avg. Miles/Day: 131

Wind finally eased overnight, and by morning was 25 – 30 from the WNW. Our four-day blow had ended. Seas too had eased. The grand, high swell had moved on, leaving ...

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Mo is Around Cape Horn – November 29th 2018

30 Nov

November 29, 2018

Day 56

Noon Position: 55 59S 67 44w

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7+

Wind(t/tws): W 15 – 25

Sea(t/ft): W 5

Sky: Overcast with rain and drizzle

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 998, rising slowly

Cabin Temp(f): 55

Water Temp(f): 45 (warmer. hmm.)

Relative Humidity(%): 69

Sail: Twin headsails poled out; three reefs in each.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 142 (light wind overnight as we moved between weather systems)

Miles since departure: 7471

Avg. Miles/Day: 56


We jumping this post to the head of the line because we’ve just receive a few photos of Randall’s rounding ...

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Day Four of the Blow

29 Nov

November 24, 2018

Day 51

Noon Position: 53 51S  89 52W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 6

Wind(t/tws): WNW 33 – 39

Sea(t/ft): W 20

Sky: Light cumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 5

Bar(mb): 989, steady

Cabin Temp(f): 54

Water Temp(f): 40

Relative Humidity(%): 77

Sail: Working genoa, four-reefed as usual.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 159

Miles since departure: 6669

Avg. Miles/Day: 131

Each morning the forecast calls for diminishing winds and each morning the sea spurns such a futile thing as a forecast.

Yesterday I said we had surfed but not fast and that seas were breaking but not with intent. Both ...

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Amazon Fire TV Recast on a boat?

28 Nov

In late September Amazon announced a slew of new hardware in time for the holiday season.  Included was the Fire TV Recast, a clever network-based TV tuner and DVR (digital video recorder).  The Recast announcement immediately piqued my interest for use on a boat. Could this be an easy and cost-effective way to record over-the-air TV on, or for, the boat?  I bought one to find out and so far I’m cautiously optimistic.

For years I just paid for satellite television every month without giving it much thought.  But as alternatives to the $100+ a month cost became more ...

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The Low: First Round Assessment; Second Round Approaches.

28 Nov

November 21, 2018

Day 48

Noon Position: 49 18S  100 42W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 6

Wind(t/tws): WxN 25 – 37

Sea(t/ft): W 14

Sky: Clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 0

Bar(mb): 999 slowly falling

Cabin Temp(f): 57

Water Temp(f): 43

Relative Humidity(%): 63

Sail: Tripple reefed working jib, broad reach tending toward a run.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 151

Miles since departure: 6201

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

I stood watch until 3am. By this I mean I sat and watched and napped and watched as Mo worked through the gale. The sails were set; the course decision made; Monte had the ...

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Edson ComfortGrip Strips & Gizmo’s winter spot

27 Nov

When I went down to visit Gizmo this morning, the cold rain had pretty much eliminated the ice, snow, and slush that helped make the Thanksgiving holiday such a joy. But that composite float decking still felt a little “greasy,” especially given the 30+ knot Nor’easter that was pushing enough of a swell into Camden’s innermost Inner Harbor to sometimes roll my poor boat about 20 degrees. But mission accomplished: My very first use of that 8-inch Edson ComfortGrip Strip just installed on the stanchion I grab to help me (or anyone) get aboard was much appreciated.

Frankly I wasn’t ...

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Thanksgiving Video

27 Nov

November 22, 2018

Day 49

Noon Position: 50 38S 97 37w
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 6+
Wind(t/tws): WxN 30 – 35
Sea(t/ft): W 15
Sky: Thin Cumulus
10ths Cloud Cover: 3
Bar(mb): 992
Cabin Temp(f): 57
Water Temp(f): 43
Relative Humidity(%): 68

Sail: Working jib rolled to “forth” reef point

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 151
Miles since departure: 6352
Avg. Miles/Day: 130

Today’s report is via the following Thanksgiving Video.

Thanks for watching…


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New classes for the Olympics

26 Nov

There has been a lot of hand wringing recently over the proposed changes to the Olympic sailing classes and a lot of it totally understandable. Many sailors lament the fact that the Finn has been dropped and after the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo it will no longer be an Olympic class. After 18 Olympic games spanning 68 years the humble Finn will be replaced. Some ...
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