Randall Reeves

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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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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Fine Weather for Eye Splices

2 Nov

October 29, 2018

Day 25

Noon Position: 11 16S 131 47W

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

Wind(t/tws): E- 13

Sea(t/ft): E 3

Sky: Clear, utterly

10ths Cloud Cover: 0

Bar(mb): 1016, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 86

Water Temp(f): 81 (Still!)

Relative Humidity(%): 63

Sail: #2 genoa and main, close reach. Likely go to #1 soon. Wind really tailing off.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 141

Miles since departure: 3,272

Avg. Miles/Day: 131

An idyllic day. Wind has softened and the sea has gone down. I’ve eased sheets and now we slide along at a respectable but unhurried pace over a big blue marble, ...

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A Year Ago Today…

1 Nov

October 28, 2018

Day 24

Noon Position: 08 58S 132 16W

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

Wind(t/tws): E 14

Sea(t/ft): E 4 -5 (finally swell is coming E. Whew. Easier ride.)

Sky: Light, puffy cumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 2

Bar(mb): 1015+

Cabin Temp(f): 86

Water Temp(f): 81 (surprised at the continuing warm water)

Relative Humidity(%): 709

Sail: #2 genoa full, main one reef, close reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 150

Miles since departure: 3,131

Avg. Miles/Day: 130

Two Frigate birds followed Mo for a time today.

Frigates? Way out here?

Then I realized we are a mere 400 west of the ...

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How Shall We Pass Pitcairn?

29 Oct

October 27, 2018

Day 23

Noon Position: 06 36S  133 06W

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

Wind(t/tws): ExN 16 – 20

Sea(t/ft): SE 5

Sky: Cumulus and Squalls coming

10ths Cloud Cover: 5

Bar(mb): 1014, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 84

Water Temp(f): 81 (surprising to see the water temp go up)

Relative Humidity(%): 75

Sail: #2 genoa, two reefs; main, one reef; close reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 137

Miles since departure: 2981

Avg. Miles/Day: 130

Our steady trade winds are a variable beast this year. An afternoon of clear skies, true wind at 18 – 20 and Mo with double reefs ...

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Two Drogues Aboard

28 Oct

October 26, 2018

Day 22

Noon Position: 04 22S 133 35W

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

Wind(t/tws): E 15

Sea(t/ft): SE 4-5

Sky: High Cumulus, some left over squall from the night; clear by afternoon.

10ths Cloud Cover: 7, 3 by afternoon

Bar(mb): 1014, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 86

Water Temp(f): 80

Relative Humidity(%): 82

Sail: #2 genoa full, main, one reef, close hauled.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good: 150

Miles since departure: 2884

Avg. Miles/Day: 129

When I bought Mo, she had in her port cockpit locker a hefty series drogue that had clearly been of great help to previous owners. I, too, ...

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Hard Driving

27 Oct

October 25, 2018

Day 21

Noon Position: 01 53N  133 40W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): S 6+

Wind(t/tws): ExS 15 – 18

Sea(t/ft): SE 5

Sky: Clear

10ths Cloud Cover: 0

Bar(mb): 1014, rising

Cabin Temp(f): 84

Water Temp(f): 79

Relative Humidity (%): 82

Sail: #2 genoa, one reef; main, one reef; close reach

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good: 136

Miles since departure: 2694

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

Let me disabuse you of your notion that trade wind sailing is all breezy fast and smooth as silk, that a week out of San Francisco you raise the spinnaker and don’t touch it until the lei-scented ...

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Shellbacked Again (Again)

26 Oct

October 24, 2018

Day 20

Noon Position: 0 21S  133 22W

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

Wind(t/tws): ExS 13

Sea: SE 3

Sky: Light Cumulus

10ths Cloud Cover: 2

Bar: 1013+, falling

Cabin Temp (f): 86

Water Temp (f): 80 (note big drop)

Relative Humidity (%): 68 (dry!)

Sail: #2 genoa full, main full, close hauled

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good: 143

Miles since departure: 2558

Avg. Miles/Day: 128

It happened while I wasn’t looking. Somewhere around 3pm. While my head in a forward locker and Monte hummed softly at the tiller, Mo charged on across the equator, across the ...

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