Day 15 Dark Blue Sea 9/16/13

 

Sept 16, 2013 a.m.

27 57.9 N, 136 31.7 W @10:20 PDT

Week 3

Dark Blue Sea

Dark blue sea rippled by a 10-knot warm SW breeze

Aero Gen 4 silently making hydro

West Wind II like a race horse sliding gently but purposefully over a two meter beam sea

Another plastic fish float anchored by its growing community of hitchhiking sea creatures, floating by

The Fleming vane guided by the wind gently but firmly tugs WW II’s helm to keep her on a mutually agreed upon course close to the wind

The Furuno cockpit remote GPS reads a steady 5.7 knots and a course of 236 True

The BP solar panels are still in the shadow of the main and jib but are filling the volt bank nonetheless

Clouds like a Second World War II convey are lined up, escorted across the western horizon, grey against the billowing white

No inflated parade characters, only a soft break between sea and sky

The motion aboard is in tune with the waves, or is it vice versa

A hobby horse ride, smooth, tickling the stomach 

The reins are free and she goes fast, steadily paces ahead towards the equator

Not a finish line but a start line to the romantic South Pacific and eventually the rigours of the great Southern Ocean

Where I will once again pit my trusty steed and courage against its formidable forces that once brought me to my knees six years ago

I am the master of my fate and I am back, God willing.

Monday’s  Update

We are still in very light wind (less than 10 knots) and it’s difficult to maintain a course to 140W where there is more wind. The wind is coming from the NW and with it a large running sea which shakes what little wind I have out of the sails and creates an earth shattering shudder. I hope to get to the stronger breeze some time later to day.

Surprisingly, I had to replace one of the steering lines from the Fleming to the tiller. Two weeks is not long for a line to chafe through. I’ve had my eye on it for over a week. Before it started to get dark last night I switched to a much more robust line with the hope it will last longer.

One surprising difference on this voyage is the distinct lack of bird sightings. In the last week I have seen more fish than birds. In the fading light of dusk last evening, I saw a small Storm Petrel dancing over the waves. Last week I was visited by a Wandering Albatross and a bright white Tropic bird but they have not returned.

Heading 262 true, Boat Speed 6.3 knots, Wind NW 12 – 15 knots, Swell: NW 1.5 m, 0.7 m chop Temp: 23 C Cloud Cover 65% 
Barometer: 1000 and steady.

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Comments

  1. Joy Littler says:

    I’m following your trip ,impressed with your work ethic,and remembering that it was the same in Grade 3 at Gordon Head School ! My last name was Irvine then…. I also note that one of your sponsors (Tom Harris) was in my class,also . Bon Voyage

  2. Hi Glenn,
    You don’t know me. I saw you interviewed on TV. You are a brave soul. Good luck to you.
    You probably don’t want to hear this, but I remember making that passage to Hilo from Victoria back in ’78, and we had nice northeasterly trades by the time we got to where you are now. Hope they pick up for you soon. The only difference I can think of may be the time of year. We left in late October, and the big north Pacific high had disappeared by then, it seemed. We were stuck in the doldrums about where you hit them, and broke our boom slapping around in the swell, the boom vang eventually fatiguing the metal enough with each slap of the main. We were rookies! Eventually got the genoa on the port and the jib on the starboard forward stays for a fast run downwind to Hilo. Lucky we didn’t need that boom. From Hawaii we sailed south to Hiva Oa. I think it was late December by then(after fixing the boom), and were beating into a southeasterly when it was supposed to be a northeasterly. If that’s the way you’re going, it may be better for you, having an earlier start. Again, best of luck!
    John

  3. Pat and Fred Lark says:

    Hi Glenn,

    Winds on the prairies today S 30 K/hr. I have no idea what that means in sailing terms. Would that be a decent wind for your sailing adventure? I just want to get a sense of what your ideal wind would be. Also fall is making itself apparent. Although very pretty we all know what follows. The posts are great and thank you for taking the time to write them. As always keeping an eye on you.

    Pat and Fred

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