Randall Reeves

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

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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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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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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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Light Wind Make Work

19 Nov

November 13, 2018

Day 40

Noon Position: 36 35S  118 50W

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

Wind(t/tws): WNW 9 – 11

Sea(t/ft): SSW 8; W 1

Sky: Stratus on the horizon; otherwise clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 3

Bar(mb): 1022

Cabin Temp(f): 70

Water Temp(f): 59

Relative Humidity(%): 49 (wow, dry!)

Sail: Reaching with #1 and scandalized main.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 66

Miles since departure: 5106

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

Becalmed.

For hours we had taken from the dying wind what we could, the sails softly spilling in the troughs some of what they’d so ardently gathered at the crests of that ...

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