Day 12 Under full sail Sept 13, 2013

Sept 13, 2013 closeup

31 58.7 N, 133 00.9 W @0:7:15 PDT

West Wind II is doing 5 knots with all sail up. 

The sky is mostly clear with black cloud down to the eastern horizon. The kettle is on and I am savouring one of the last plums on board. I was up at 6:00 and hoisted sail to a fresh southwest breeze of about 10knots. The wind generator is humming. I have to admit that after hoisting sail, I was drawn back to my warm bunk and enjoyed a sweet snooze. I came to an hour later to the sounds of water rushing past the boat that almost sent me back in to my slumber. A ray of sunshine filled the cabin and upped me from my bunk. 

I’m sorry I missed you earlier. We had technical problems with the equipment. My heart fell when I found that I couldn’t get the computer started. It’s this sort of experience on a small boat when you’re on your own setting off on a voyage such as mine that makes you realize just how important your computer is. I do have a spare, but it too had its share of glitches yesterday. The good news is, it’s another problem solved. I have no doubt there will be many more and we’ll solve those as well.

Once again the kettle is screaming and I’m easily drawn to the aroma of bergamot and the sweet taste of buckwheat honey.

 23 degrees C here and it’s shorts only today!

Welcome aboard to our new sponsor – Globalstar.


  1. Pat and Fred Lark says

    ah tea and buckwheat honey. the perfect combo. good to hear you are back in communication with us landlubbers. landlubbers? is that even a word? wishing you the best sailing weather as you enjoy a cuppa.

    Pat and Fred

  2. Graham Barnard says

    Have a good day glad to hear you had some sleep.
    Keep the wind in your favor, Cheers \Graham

  3. Hi Glenn

    I have been following your daily progress and hoping for many good passages. I guess that is what you are doing, putting many passages together, except that there will be no stopping.
    I would like to know how you provisioned for the journey. Freeze dried, dehydrated, fresh, combination, etc. Also, did you engage a nutritionist and how do you plan to balance your diet/nutrients to maintain your energy and over all health.
    Best of luck

    • MaryLou Wakefield says

      Thanks for your interest in our voyage Marcelo and welcome aboard. My diet is simple but nutritious. A local food distributor, PSC Natural Foods, generously supplied a lot of our food. It’s all organic and much of it is locally produced. I have rice, quinoa, couscous, peanut butters and sunflower seed butters. I tend to make a stew once a week mainly from canned and dried food that includes a source of protein such as canned chicken, ham, or beef, and if I am lucky fresh fish. I lost a nice one on the line yesterday. I have porridge, eggs, some lovely sausage from Choux Choux Charcuterie. I have an amazing assortment of crackers and bars. And, there are lots of treats – popcorn, cookies, and candy. My mom made two xmas cakes and a xmas pudding (including hard sauce)! I have fresh vegetables for about two more months, potatoes, carrots, red and green cabbages, onions, apples. There are also 25 dozen eggs that Cathy kindly donated. From a nutrition standpoint, I use common sense. I’m 63 and I know what works for me and what doesn’t.

      You also referred to my trip as many passages put together. That’s very true and it’s the way I look at it too. The first trip is to the bottom of New Zealand. The next trip is from there to Cape Horn off the tip of South America, about 13,000 nautical miles. From there, it’s back up the Pacific to Victoria, about 7500 nautical miles.

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