Randall Reeves

Easy Going

17 Nov

November 12, 2018

Day 39

Noon Position: 35 42S 119 39W

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

Wind(t/tws): SWxS 15

Sea(t/ft): S 10

Sky: Stratus clouds cover the sky, but there maybe blue to windward

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1016+, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 66

Water Temp(f): 61

Relative Humidity(%): 60

Sail: #2 genoa and main, reaching to windward (again)

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 139

Miles since departure: 5040

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

A warm, gentle day and welcome for it.

Wind held all night and was still 20 from the SW when I came on deck at dawn. But our luck has ...

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A Little Low, but Long Last

16 Nov

November 11, 2018

Day 38

Noon Position: 34 55S 122 07W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 8

Wind(t/tws): SW 25 – 28

Sea(t/ft): SW 12

Sky: Rain. Low and gray

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1004, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 66

Water Temp(f): 60

Relative Humidity(%): 75

Sail: Triple reef in main and #2 genoa, hard reaching

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 142

Miles since departure: 4900

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

Ran all night on main and #2, both triple reefed, taking wind on starboard quarter as the low came on slowly and steadily. By first light, it was blowing a resolute 33 knots, and ...

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Of Scandals and a First Blow

15 Nov

November 10, 2018

Day 37

Noon Position: 33 01S  124 15W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ESE 5 – 6

Wind(t/tws): SWxW 7 – 10

Sea(t/ft): S7 (big swell; not from here)

Sky: Broken cumulus and strato cumulus. A sky that means trouble.

10ths Cloud Cover: 8

Bar(mb): 1010, falling. 1006 by 6pm.

Cabin Temp(f): 70

Water Temp(f): 65

Relative Humidity(%): 55

Sail: Big genoa and main, plus the lowered cradle cover. Close hauled.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 128

Miles since departure: 4758

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

Winds are light from the SW, and into them we reach steadily SE. But the long, ...

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Message in a Bottle (Video)

13 Nov

November 9, 2018

Day 36

Noon Position: 31 36S 126 19W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): ESE 6 – 7

Wind(t/tws): SWxW 18

Sea(t/ft): W3, S6

Sky: Fronts rolling through. Low sky. Light rain.

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1011, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 70

Water Temp(f): 66

Relative Humidity(%): 67

Sail: #2 genoa, main, broad reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 116

Miles since departure: 4630

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

All sailing today. The sky is gray and low. Small fronts are blowing through, wave after wave from the west. Wind is 10 or 25. I’d reefed and unreefed the main four times by lunch....

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Light Variability, For Example

12 Nov

November 8, 2018

Day 35

Noon Position: 30 18S 127 49W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 4

Wind(t/tws): SSE 5 – 6

Sea(t/ft): S 6, not much else

Sky: Complex cloud formations. Feels like a front coming.

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1014, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 72

Water Temp(f): 67

Relative Humidity(%): 70

Sail: Big genoa and main, close hauled.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 106

Miles since departure: 4515

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

At noon I wrote in the log, “Light and contrary. Ug.” All night we ran dead downwind on poles and I star gazed through sparse, cottony cumulus before dinner. Orion ...

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A Sign of Southing

10 Nov

November 7, 2018

Day 34

Noon Position: 29 09S 129 21W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SE 4-5

Wind(t/tws): NNW 6-8

Sea(t/ft): NNW 1, SE 2, S6 (big, old, dying swell)

Sky: Cumulus low and cirrus with mares tails

10ths Cloud Cover: 7

Bar(mb): 1018, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 79

Water Temp(f): 70

Relative Humidity(%): 52

Sail: All sail. #1 genoa and main rigged for a quartering breeze and #1 genoa poled to windward and sheeted way out.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 56

Miles since departure: 4409

Avg. Miles/Day: 130

Just enough wind overnight to keep sails full and quite.

The sea ran down ...

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Flirting with the Infinite

9 Nov

November 6, 2018

Day 33

Noon Position: 28 18S 129 46W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): S 4

Wind(t/tws): ExS 7

Sea(t/ft): SE 2 (big old swell coming up from S, occasionally S @ 6)

Sky: Stratocumulus (Clear by mid afternoon.)

10ths Cloud Cover: 8

Bar(mb): 1019, steady

Cabin Temp(f): 77

Water Temp(f): 70

Relative Humidity(%): 54 (47% by mid afternoon; driest this passage)

Sail: #1 and Main, full; close hauled

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 105

Miles since departure: 4353

Avg. Miles/Day: 132

Everything today speaks of desert.

Dawn revealed a deck of mid-level stratocumulus clouds, flat and unmoving, clouds Alan Watts in ...

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Losing our Wind

9 Nov

November 5, 2018

Day 32

Noon Position: 26 45S 128 59W

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

Wind(t/tws): SExS 10

Sea(t/ft): E 3

Sky: Altocumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 2

Bar(mb): 1021, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 81

Water Temp(f): 73

Relative Humidity(%): 55 (dry)

Sail: #2 genoa, main, full; close hauled (AWA roughly 40 degrees)

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 125

Miles since departure: 4248

Avg. Miles/Day: 133

Wind has tailed off and gone SE. We’re cruising the top of a high, and, sadly, we’re giving up much of the easting made over the last weeks. Another day of this and then becalmed a day ...

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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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