Randall Reeves

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9 Jan

January 6, 2019/Day 94

Noon Position: 46 44S  49 19E

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

Miles since departure: 12,905

Avg. Miles/Day: 137


Winds slowly increased all night. I put the main on three reefs at 10pm and doused it altogether at 2am. We’ve been on a double reefed working jib ever since. With winds in the mid 30s, seas have build to a sloshy 10 – 12 and are tossing Mo about. But she can handle this and more.

Gray day. Rain has kept me cabin-bound most of it while the Albatross still gets to play outside.

Joanna passes ...

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Wind on the Way and Voyaging Coffee (Video)

8 Jan

January 5, 2019/Day 93

Noon Position: 46 25S  45 16E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7-8

Miles since departure: 12,737

Avg. Miles/Day: 137


A large low starts to arrive tonight; first thrust will be NW winds to 30-35 between midnight and dawn. Late tomorrow, it will clock into the W phase and just as we make the Crozets, still some 212 miles E.

Winds have been 20 – 24 from NWxN for several hours now, in which Mo is reaching under reefed canvas and happily pushing 8 knots. Much of the time, skies are clear, the water has taken on that ...

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The In-Between Time

7 Jan

January 4, 2019/Day 92

Noon Position: 46 18S  41 57E

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

Miles since departure: 12,600

Avg. Miles/Day: 137


Ran all night on reefed twins in winds WxN 18 – 25. Slept nearly eight hours. Felt safe as houses such that I didn’t even set the alarm near my bunk in the early morning. Up for the last time at 6am only because there is *another* alarm in the pilot house used to remind me to make log entries. It goes off every two hours starting then and ending at 8pm. My equivalent of ship’s bells.

Basic ...

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Passing Over Prince Edward Islands

6 Jan

January 3, 2019/Day 91

Noon Position: 46 18S 38 12E

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

Miles since departure: 12,444

Avg. Miles/Day: 137


Fast sailing with poled out twins as we ride the top of a low. Winds have been 15 – 25 all day (low 20s on average) with my only complaint being that they refuse to go due east, which Monte and I would find more convenient for course making. Seas are chaotic and are producing a stunningly rough ride. I can only imagine what it would be like here in a full gale, and I’m pushing to be off ...

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Cold Day, Cold Feet

4 Jan

January 2, 2018/Day 90

Noon Position: 46 32S  35 05E

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

Wind(t/tws): SWxW 20 – 27

Miles since departure: 12,302

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

I can’t believe I’ve been away from my wife for 90 days. I doubt we’ve been apart this long since our first date.

Poor day for mileage. Wind went soft but squally overnight, and that has not improved between sunup and this writing.

A frigid airmass is moving through, pushing temperatures in the cabin to 48 degrees by morning, a number not seen since Cape Horn. Condensation dripped from the port lights. Squalls have ...

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Rain Catchment 2.0 and a New Year’s Chat with the Wife

3 Jan

January 1, 2018/Day 89

Noon Position: 46 45S  31 41E

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

Miles since departure: 12,172

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

New Year’s Day.

I woke to drizzle and thought the responsible thing to do was catch some of it. Winds were light (NW 18) and seas were down enough that they stayed off the deck. The night had see NW 30 – 40, so the workable sea state surprised me.

I guzzled a cup of coffee, got into foulies, raised the main and rigged my catchment system on the main’s cradle cover. Within three hours I had ten gallons of ...

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Longitude Made Good and Lemon Pound Cake

2 Jan

December 31, 2018/Day 88

Noon Position: 46 33S  28 03E

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

Miles since departure: 12,021

Avg. Miles/Day: 137


The low came on overnight. I reefed the main down to the second position after dinner, the third position at 1:30am, and dropped it altogether at 6am. By that time winds were a steady 30 – 35 NW. Mo rides easily with just the small jib and is just as fast, and so I’ve kept that configuration all day, rolling out a bit more sail as winds ease; tucking it back in when they increase. Mo froths ...

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Whale on a Lovely Day

1 Jan

December 31, 2018/Day 87

Noon Position: 46 19S  24 08E

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

Miles since departure: 11,858

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

Rode the twin, poled-out headsails all night and until late afternoon when wind went into the north and began to build. A low moves through tonight and tomorrow.

On deck mid morning I turned and saw a large patch of brown on the water less than a boat length to port. It glistened and gave the impression of immense muscularity. Visible above the water was the length of its body from its dorsal fin to its blow hole, but that ...

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Happy New Year from Team Figure 8 + Questions answered.

1 Jan

“I love what I’m doing, and miss you terribly all at the same time.”

Randall and I had an in-person chat at 12.01am Pacific Standard time January 1st, 2019. The rest of the conversation was mostly Randall laughing at me as I shared with him some of the antics I’ve been up to and a “fight” about how mad he was when I heard I went up on our roof (of a flat one-story house) to fix the twinkle lights. “Jo, you scare me. It’s so dangerous.” he said. I pointed out the hypocrisy.

Hi readers, this is Jo, for ...

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Problems and Fixes

31 Dec

December 29, 2018/Day 86

Noon Position: 46 20S  20 20E

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

Miles since departure: 11,701

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

Long day; short post.

Several hours of moderate rain this morning. Tried to catch with my main cover system. Caught little. Drains are in the wrong place with main down. Lost best bucket over side. Spilled half of catch. Drank other half. Didn’t die; so, that’s good. But need to figure better system and soon. In hindsight, likely trying to catch in a rough Force 7, decks awash, isn’t best.

In rain all morning. Discovered that my foulies have lost ...

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