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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Month One Retrospective

6 Nov

November 3, 2018

Day 30

Noon Position: 22 19S 128 03W

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

Wind(t/tws): E 17 – 21

Sea(t/ft): E 6 -8

Sky: Light Cumulus, sparsly distributed cirrus

10ths Cloud Cover: 4

Bar(mb): 1022

Cabin Temp(f): 81

Water Temp(f): 78

Relative Humidity(%): 70

Sail: Two reefs in genoa and main. Close reaching (60 degrees AWA is about the best I can do and maintain speed).

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 147

Miles since departure: 3977

Avg. Miles/Day: 133

This is the pattern. Days are steady and stiff with wind. Skies are mostly clear. But at night it all goes ...

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More carnage in the Route du Rhum

6 Nov
Sam Goodchild under jury rig
It has been 48 hours since the 11th edition of the Route Du Rhum started from France and there has been much carnage. In addition to two of the Ultime trimarans sustaining hull damage that forced them out of the race, there has been damage on many of the other boats. Overnight the much anticipated storm in the Bay of Biscay hit the fleet and two boats were dismasted. British skipper Sam Goodchild was dismasted while lying in third place on his Class 40 Narcos Mexico. “Sam was in third place and going well ...
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Mia Karlsson // “Mermaid Tales”

6 Nov

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#247. Mia Karlsson is honored to be the FIRST guest on the new Mermaid Tales podcast, featuring tales of women who are connected in some way to the ocean, hosted by Breezy Mulligan. Here’s a rare opportunity to hear Mia on the podcast, talking about her sailing history! Subscribe to Mermaid Tales wherever you get your podcasts.

Show Notes:

  • Check out @shesailing, Mia’s Instagram handle reserved for the celebration of amazing women on the water!

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On The Wind is the evolution of 59º North, and is, quite simply, long-form conversations with sailors from ...

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Wind Steady as Gimbals Aloosing

6 Nov

November 2, 2018

Day 29

Noon Position: 19 53S 128 21W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SxE 7 – 8

Wind(t/tws): ENE 18 – 21

Sea(t/ft): NE 8

Sky: Light cumulus low and cirrus high, mare’s tails

10ths Cloud Cover: 2

Bar(mb): 1020+

Cabin Temp(f): 82

Water Temp(f): 79 (down)

Relative Humidity(%): 67

Sail: Two reefs in genoa and main. Dancing between a reach and a close reach.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 176

Miles since departure: 3830

Avg. Miles/Day: 132

Wind stayed steady from the NE all night, if 18 – 21 with touches of 24 counts as steady. At 18, our rig, ...

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SiOnyx Aurora night vision camera demo ride

5 Nov


At the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show I got to take a demo cruise with SiOnyx to see their Aurora night vision camera in action.  What I saw during our cruise of the New River and Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway was impressive, but also illustrated some limitations.

The $800 Aurora is based on a 1-inch 720p CMOS sensor that is sensitive to the infrared light (IR) that’s not normally visible. This allows the Aurora to display night vision in color. SiOnyx explains that there is a large amount of naturally occurring IR, so even in extremely low light situations the ...

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Loads of damage in the Route du Rhum

5 Nov

Macif takes an early lead

It has been a very eventful first 24 hours for the yachts competing in the Route du Rhum which started on Sunday from the port city of Saint Malo in France. The conditions for the start were picture perfect and the 125 strong fleet headed west on a fair tide and sailing in a fair breeze. Seb Joss on the Ultime Maxi Edmond de Rothschild took an early lead being chased down by Francoise Gabart on Macif and Thomas Coville on Sodebo but before the first night was over Joss and Coville were out of ...
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Thoughts on Cape Horn Timing

4 Nov

November 1, 2018

Day 28

Noon Position: 17 09S 129 29W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 7 – 8

Wind(t/tws): NE 17 – 21

Sea(t/ft): NE 6

Sky: Mixed cumulus, occasional squall but without heft

10ths Cloud Cover: 3

Bar(mb): 1017+, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 84

Water Temp(f): 80 (slight drop)

Relative Humidity(%): 65

Sail: #2 one reef; main one reef; reaching.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 132

Miles since departure: 3654

Avg. Miles/Day: 131

Miles to Cape Horn: 3570

Twenty eight days to get half way to Cape Horn.

If we maintain this pace, we approach before the end of November. Part of ...

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Terns Don’t Like Cake

3 Nov

October 31, 2018

Day 27

Noon Position: 15 13S 130 35W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): W 2

Wind(t/tws): E 3

Sea(t/ft): E 4

Sky: Billowing cumulus and giant roaming squall clouds

10ths Cloud Cover: 8

Bar(mb): 1017 falling (I hope)

Cabin Temp(f): 84

Water Temp(f): 81

Relative Humidity(%): 64

Sail: It doesn’t matter.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 112

Miles since departure: 3522

Avg. Miles/Day: 130

Miles to Cape Horn: 3704

A day of annoyances.

The satellite equipment I use to send these missives has failed to work today. All lights are green, but nothing goes. Thus, no photos for this post. (This ...

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Ghosting Along

2 Nov

October 30, 2018

Day 26

Noon Position: 13 22S  130 53W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SSE 5.5 (by evening, SSE 3)

Wind(t/tws): ENE 10 (by evening, NE 6)

Sea(t/ft): E 3

Sky: Clear most of day; occasional tiny, thin cumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 1 – 0

Bar(mb): 1016, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 88

Water Temp(f): 81 (Still so high!)

Relative Humidity(%): 59 (DRY!)

Sail: #1 genoa and main, full, reaching

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 138

Miles since departure: 3410

Avg. Miles/Day: 131

Caressingly gentle days as our wind ever so slowly dissipates into … thin air. The sky, pale as an egg shell, ...

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