Day 26 Light winds, slow going 9/27/13

 Sept 27, 2013 a.m.

Position: 09. 23 N, 149. 52  W @16:30 UTC

Hanging out with dolphins was the best thing that happened yesterday. They’re so energetic and graceful. There were at least a dozen of them around the boat. At the time we were sailing quite fast. Several of them were very large and some quite small – different species I think.  I sat in the pulpit seat and whistled to them.They played for at least 10 minutes and then came back two more times. They automatically make you smile with their playful antics. I noticed one of them had a scar on its back and all three times it came back with the others.

It’s been frustrating going nowhere, and now the wind is blowing from the direction I want to go in. It’s hard to make any real progress. But that will change tomorrow, or maybe Friday. I must keep covered – the sun is insidious and sneaks up on you without notice.

The ITCZ has turned out be just what I wanted to avoid. The environment is harsh – intense sun and heat. I remember it well when I was in the Haida. It doesn’t seem to matter if you have weather access or not – it is what it is. I missed the gate by about 12 to 18 hours.

It was so nice to have a swim yesterday. All in all, I did well with what I was given and we will be keeping an eye on the wind through the night. If it changes, I’ll tack in to it.

My next way point is near Malden Island – almost a thousand miles down the road. The clouds in the sunset tonight reminded me of  the ones in the Columbia films with the lady holding the torch. Very commanding.

Heading: 203 true Boat Speed: 4.5 knots Wind: E 5 – 10 Swell: NE 1.5 – 2 m Cloud: 90 % Bar:1011 Temp: 26 C

Sept 27, 2013 with grid

Today’s position showing latitude and longitude grid lines.

 

Today's position in relation to New Zealand.

Today’s position with an eye on New Zealand to the south west.

Comments

  1. Pat and Fred Lark says:

    Hi Glenn,

    Really, I panicked when I read you went for a swim. What happened to the buddy system? How do you keep safe when going for a swim? As in the boat drifts away was my worst case scenario. So I am very happy when I read your posts, usually at breakfast. Then I know all is well. As always we are keeping an eye on you. Happy Sailing.

    Pat and Fred

  2. Glenn Wakefield, wishing you smooth sailing (but speedy) and hope you catch those winds. I can hardly wait to your note post as I am living my life through your adventure right now. I am a land-locked sailor living in the interior of BC. Never had an opportunity to do much sailing after getting my sailing licence thru Cooper Boating (what a ride that was as I am a prairie girl) . You have a very good command of the English language as well as those sails. Keep safe. Look forward to the next post.

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