The Low Approaches

25 Nov

November 20, 2018

Day 47

Noon Position: 47 45S 103 54W

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

Wind(t/tws): WxS 15 – 22

Sea(t/ft): SW 8

Sky: Some blue sky left, but squalls in long lines from the west.

10ths Cloud Cover: 8

Bar(mb): 1003, steady

Cabin Temp(f): 55

Water Temp(f): 45

Relative Humidity(%): 61

Sail: #2 genoa full, main three reefs; trying to slow down

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 131

Miles since departure: 6050

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

On the slow bell overnight. I haven’t wanted to dive too deeply into the coming low and don’t feel I have the luxury of running ...

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Preparing for Heavy Weather

25 Nov

November 19, 2018

Day 46

Noon Position: 46 31S 106 33W

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

Wind(t/tws): WSW 17 – 25

Sea(t/ft): SW 12+

Sky: Light cumulus and wisps of cirrus

10ths Cloud Cover: 2

Bar(mb): 999, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 59

Water Temp(f): 46

Relative Humidity(%): 60

Sail: #2 genoa, 2 reefs, broad reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 152

Miles since departure: 5919

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

Tomorrow afternoon, we will be overtaken by our first sit-up-and-take-notice southern low.

Actually, the whole package is two lows that will be merging into one during our experience of the system. Our entry point into ...

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Heavy Seas and Cold Feet

23 Nov

November 18, 2018

Day 45

Noon Position: 44 48S 109 13W

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

Wind(t/tws): W 18 – 22

Sea(t/ft): SW 10 – 12

Sky: Stratus trending to clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 5

Bar(mb): 1008, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 61

Water Temp(f): 48

Relative Humidity(%): 64

Sail: #2 genoa and one reef in the main, broad reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 149

Miles since departure: 5767

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

By 8 o’clock last night, I’d dropped the main; by 10 o’clock, I’d changed down to the smaller of the two headsails. A little later, two reefs. The sky had ...

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Heavy Seas and Cold Feet

23 Nov

November 18, 2018

Day 45

Noon Position: 44 48S 109 13W

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

Wind(t/tws): W 18 – 22

Sea(t/ft): SW 10 – 12

Sky: Stratus trending to clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 5

Bar(mb): 1008, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 61

Water Temp(f): 48

Relative Humidity(%): 64

Sail: #2 genoa and one reef in the main, broad reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 149

Miles since departure: 5767

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

By 8 o’clock last night, I’d dropped the main; by 10 o’clock, I’d changed down to the smaller of the two headsails. A little later, two reefs. The sky had ...

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Holiday gift ideas: inspired by social side of cruising

23 Nov
boats at anchor in tropical blue water off a beautiful beach on a lush Bahamian island

  

The cruising lifestyle shimmers with a wide social streak; gathering for cockpit sundowners or beach barbecues is routine, and comes with distinct practices. Using these rituals as a springboard for holiday gift ideas spurred a fun conversation (and opinions!) around the boatyard lounge this morning, one which will probably be reprised around the firepit tonight. Here are a gift ideas for your favorite sailor to enjoy or anticipate cruising, bundled with insight into a few unwritten rules of cruiser etiquette. 

Why are cruisers such social creatures? Probably because we have time for it. As a species, humans are wired to ...

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Excuse for a Slow Night and a Note on Cheese

22 Nov

November 17, 2018

Day 44

Noon Position: 42 56S  111 29W

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

Wind(t/tws): WxN 15

Sea(t/ft): SW 10; some much larger, but old.

Sky: Clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 1

Bar(mb): 1013

Cabin Temp(f): 64

Water Temp(f): 51

Relative Humidity(%): 66

Sail: #2 genoa and main, broad reach. #2 poled when wind comes aft.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 126

Miles since departure: 5618

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

A poor night for speed. I misread the forecast and thought I’d need to make sail changes overnight, to launch the poles when the wind came round. So, at sunset I flew ...

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Below 40 South

21 Nov

November 16, 2018

Day 43

Noon Position: 41 29S 113 31W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 6 – 7

Wind(t/tws): NWxW 19 -21

Sea(t/ft): NW 10

Sky: Low, gray, solid, undifferentiated. Drizzle.

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1003+, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 63

Water Temp(f): 51

Relative Humidity(%): 76

Sail: Headsails poled out, deeply reefed. Running.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 167

Miles since departure: 5492

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

A good day for mileage and hard earned. I ran the headsails out after dinner and spent much of the night tucking them in a bit, tucking them in a bit, and then in a ...

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Forever boat: bigger upkeep on an older sailboat

21 Nov
Two girls petting a dog in front of a marine travellift with a sailboat in the slings.

  

Jamie and Salvador talking about work to be done on Totem

  

Totem turned 36 this year. We treat her like our forever boat, and prioritize maintenance to ensure our sailboat / home remains a sound vessel with a long future ahead. Lately that means turning attention to a projects that accumulated into something more than “routine maintenance.” While organizing plans for the new bottom (we’ve made a decision on bottom paint, by the way, details coming soon – I am VERY excited about our plans, details coming!), a number of these kicked off.

Step one is simply getting supplies. Some things are easy to get in Mexico; others aren’t. Because Cabrales ...

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On the Edge of the Roaring Forties

20 Nov

November 15, 2018

Day 42

Noon Position: 39 18S 115 45W

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

Wind(t/tws): N 18 – 20

Sea(t/ft): N3, S5

Sky: Low and gray but not dark

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1020, falling; 1017 by 5pm.

Cabin Temp(f): 66

Water Temp(f): 56

Relative Humidity(%): 65

Sail: Big genoa out full; one reef in the main; broad reach on port

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 90

Miles since departure: 5325

Avg. Miles/Day: 127

Apropos of yesterday’s mileage complaint, we were becalmed overnight. Second such in three nights. Mo made fine way in the evening, four knots of ...

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Why the Dodo Went Extinct and a Sewing Project

20 Nov

November 14, 2018

Day 41

Noon Position: 38 13S 117 04W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 3

Wind(t/tws): WxN 6

Sea(t/ft): S 5  W  1

Sky: Thin cloud cover looks like it will burn off soon.

10ths Cloud Cover: 8

Bar(mb): 1022, steady

Cabin Temp(f): 68

Water Temp(f): 56

Relative Humidity(%): 65

Sail: Reaching with #1 genoa and main.

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

Miles since departure: 5235

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

On this day, Noah began to move ashore. Happily hard aground and holding an olive twig in one hand, he was shooing off the two-by-two and contemplating which of the most ...

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