Becalmed

Day 3 Tuesday, Sept 8, 2020 @ 07:30 47.91 N, 126.44 W

Becalmed in a fiery sea with the sun just a few feet above the horizon. It’s quiet, but for Westy’s stirring to the still lumpy surroundings. A spider weaves a nest in the pushpit pipes and moths flutter by. I’m jealous of their speed. Frustrating conditions last night with waves coming quickly from several directions. Very lumpy and unpredictable motion on board, also hard on the sails and rigging. I slept well in between trips on deck to quiet and ease the slapping of the main and jib.

Nice slow morning here, we are not going anywhere so a slow cup of tea in the cockpit will be fine.Not sure where the wind went but will wait till some sign shows up and we will make the best of it.
One small job on the list, repair the head. There are pros and cons with using a bucket, I have yet to realize the pros other than it tends to not
clog up. I have my old chart here from when I left around the same time in 2013 so will overlay my positions and compare. Hard to believe this is my forth time, no fifth time across the Pacific. Four times south and once North.

The land has gone by the wayside. The slowly fading silhouette disguised the entrance to the Strait of Juan Fuca. It’s what Captain Cook would have seen and what a thrill that must have been. I was surprised by the amount of freighter traffic yesterday transiting the Straits. One thing I noticed was their speed seemed a lot slower than it used to be within the Straits. 
I’ve just heard the wind generator start up so there is wind. Hurray!  
On that note, I will sign off.  Love to all.
Cheers, G

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Fifth transit of the Pacific begins

Day 2 Monday, Sept 7, 2020 48.32 N, 125.03 W @ 0:545

A clear sky is blushing on the eastern edge. The moon is bright overhead and a few stars remain on stage. It’s cool but no fog, not like last night when it enveloped us for many hours with its cool mist. I’ve heard whales in the distance along with the breaking shore and the haunting call of a loon. Vancouver Island is a black silhouette against a light blue early morning sky.

We are motoring slowly over 2 m swells from the Pacific. The lights of freighters are going back and forth on their highway. We were becalmed for several hours and I slept below as we wallowed. A promising breeze is coming up behind us. With any luck we will clear Cape Flattery.

This afternoon starts my fifth transit of the Pacific. I am warm and dry. A cup of tea will be brewing shortly. 
Cheers, G   

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And so it begins

Sunday, Sept 6, 2020 @ 19:45

Sunset, sailing well. And so begins the first night.

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It’s all coming back to me

Glenn on West Wind II at the start of his
third attempt at completing a solo westabout circumnavigation

Sunday, September 6, 2020 15:30

I’m now five miles off East Sooke park heading back from the American side. The wind is 10-12 knots from the west coming right down the Straits. We have 15 degrees of heel and making 5.5 knots. It’s sunny, cold and very bright. There’s fog against the US shore and I hope it stays over there.
It’s all coming back to me. The vane is steering, I’ve made tea and have been pecking away at my roasted chicken and eating Trevor Hayward’s fabulous rock cakes. I changed into warm clothes for the night.
We got headed and are now heading directly for East Sooke. No panic I’ll tack in a bit. The tide will be changing to an ebb in an hour or so, so that will help us on our way.

Friends gather on the wharf at Royal Victoria Yacht Club to say goodbye

I’ve been fortunate to have such amazing friends who would show up in the middle of a pandemic to say good bye. Thank you, it was greatly appreciated, more than you know.

West Wind II is escorted out of Cadboro Bay by our 26′ Haida Shadow with MaryLou, Claire and Nicola aboard

I’m tired now and tonight will take some doing but the wind looks promising. It’s supposed to lighten up during the night then fill in from behind early Monday morning with 15 + knots.
With lots of tea and warm clothes, I should have no problem. I hope the fog stays in the American side!

There will be a moon around 22:00 hrs which if clear will brighten my spirits. Thanks again to everyone for coming to the dock and sending messages from near and far.

Here’s a link to the story in today’s Times Colonist by Jeff Bell.

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Departure Day

Day 1 Sunday, September 6, 2020 @ 11:00 Departing Victoria, BC

I can hear the fog horns blowing as the local sea gull choir announces the sun rising. I slept well and feel good. Today will be the beginning of another adventure. It will be filled with lots of emotion at both ends of the scale. Outwardly it is a celebration. It’s the end of the planning and provisioning stage and time for the overdue departure, casting off the lines. Months and years of planning and hard work.

On the emotional side, my family are torn. They have been here before and many emotions rush back for them, not to be denied, but felt deeply. We talk about them now but it is not easy. It is not easy to show your vulnerability particularly in front of strangers. This is not the day they nor I have been looking forward to because of our love for each other.
Bitter sweet sorrow.  My wife MaryLou has a sweet personality and a strength of character that runs as deep as the ocean, and she gave those traits to our two daughters Claire and Nicola and I will miss them just as deeply.



There have been an amazing group of talented and caring people who have had a very large hand in helping me get to this day. Thank you. I hope through the blog postings that I send to MaryLou, which she checks and tweaks and posts on the website, that I will keep you vicariously with me on board West Wind II through our ups and downs over the next thousands of miles. Collectively, I feel you all with me on board. It is the best of women-man kind.

We’re all connected in some way by our feelings. I am a very lucky man and privileged to be setting off this morning to fill a dream to  sail single handed around the world.  

Welcome aboard and hold on tight!
Cheers Glenn 

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