Day 4 Finding my sea legs September 5, 2013

Day 4 09/05/13

 47 04.6 N  126 11.4 W  @0:9:30 PDT  (off the coast of Aberdeen, Washington)

All is well on board. I’m slowly getting my sea legs and getting things organized on the boat. The wind generator is not turning, due to the broad reach and we have little power from the solar panels due to the cloud cover.  I’ll be watching my power consumption closely. Saw my first albatross yesterday and a pod of whales breaching in the sunset last evening.

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on the wharf

G and ML on D Day 

“I want to thank all of our friends who came down to send us off on another adventure. What an amazing gathering. I could definitely feel the love. Thank you also for your generous gifts and cards. West Wind II looks like xmas morning after the presents have been opened. I remember writing on my last voyage that it is the emotional support of others that gives me the courage of a lion and the riches of a king. That holds true for this voyage.  There has been the support of close friends and also complete strangers. This is the very best of mankind and I feel honoured to be your friend. Thank you all for your support. It means a great deal to me.”

I am on day three and the sun is just setting, I was on deck to put a reef in the main and in the shadow of the sunset saw whales breaching and along with that my first albatross glided over the swells. I am a lucky man!

Fond regards,
Glenn

Update @ 11:35 PST

Just finished taking a second reef in the main and attaching windward running back stay. Broad reach 6.5+ kts.

Galley cleaned, recycling done, computer charged, ready for lunch. Noodle soup with potato, carrots, and sausage. A beer, then a nap.

Another tough day!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3 Hand steering September 4, 2013

Sept 4 position

Day 3 48.19 N, 125.06 W @0:7:45 PDT

48.19 N, 125.06 W @0:7:45 PDT

Sailed in very light wind most of the day yesterday and into the evening. The wind completely disappeared around Sooke which meant I had to hand steer throughout the night. I made it around Tatoosh Island late last night and am now heading out the Straits. Currently doing 1.5 knots with 1.5 metre swells from all directions.

RVYC members Roger and Jocelyn Green spotted Glenn just east of Race Rocks where they were on a salmon fishing excursion and sent these photos. She writes “Glenn was alone except for a few large container ships and a few fishing boats. He looked happy and confident!”

I spoke to a few fishing boats on the VHF radio about my position and managed to catch a little sleep between midnight and 6 a.m. once the I got the sails balanced. It was a beautiful night, the Milky Way spectacular in the night sky.

This morning I saw a few whales and porpoises and lots of sea birds. My first cooked meal on board is a bowl of hot porridge and a pot of tea.

Day 1 The Send off September 2, 2013

 

18:20 48 16. 94 N 123 34. 8 W

18:20 PDT 48 16. 94 N 123 34. 8 W

  48 16. 94 N  123 34. 8 W @18:20 PDT

After a fantastic send off at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club where dozens of friends and family and well wishers showed up to cheer him on, Glenn let go the lines and set sail at 13:00 PST. 

Tony Gooch, who completed a single-handed non-stop circumnavigation east about in 2003, is officiating Glenn’s attempt. Tony set the official start time at 15:37 PDT ( 23:37 UTC) September 2, 2013. Tony writes “West Wind II crossed the start line, a line drawn almost due south from the prominent post on the north side of Trial Island and the Lighthouse on Trial Island.”

Glenn Wakefield departs from Cadboro Bay, Sept 2, 2013

Waving goodbye from West Wind II. Photo: Sandy Beaman

 

He sailed out of Cadboro Bay in a light breeze and rounded Trial Island where he caught 10 – 15 knots of wind. He was doing a steady 7 knots all the way out to Albert Head and came through Race Passage at 18:00 doing 9 knots.

Sept 2 approaching Trial Island

Heading out the Straits of Juan de Fuca. Photo: Sandy Beaman

On a satellite phone from the cockpit, Glenn reports a beautiful sunny evening, a steady 10 – 15 knot breeze, the wind generator humming overhead, and very little traffic in the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

He was taking it easy after a more than hectic schedule over the past weeks and months, and had just finished a bowl of his Mom’s macaroni and cheese. He said he was wearing his safety harness and sunglasses, two things he promised to do.

Thanks to everyone who came by to give him a royal send off and to those who sent emails and left messages on the blog. All in all, a fantastic start. 

Read the CBC News WorldHuffington Post story. Watch the Global news clip.
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