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.


  1. Hello again Glenn–WOW- what a fantastic experience-Were having stew
    for dinner and ARE DINING WITH YOU!!!!! Glenn- Are you alone on
    your vessel?????

    god bless you–

    • MaryLou Wakefield says

      Thanks Helen. Glenn’s on a SOLO, non-stop west about circumnavigation. So yes, alone except for the wildlife at sea.

  2. steve farmer says

    Your friends at Associated Sheet Metal are thinking about you , best of luck you crazy fool

  3. Mike King-Brown says

    That kevlar jib looks great, Glenn, may it lead you safely for the next 30,000 miles! Michael

    • MaryLou Wakefield says

      Thanks Michael. He’s flying along at about 8 knots down the west coast this afternoon which he’s thrilled about.

  4. Dear Glen, when I was younger I read Joshua Slocum, and Ice Bird, and Dove, and Survive The Savage Sea. Now I look forward to reading and following you. My personal boating travels have mainly been wilderness canoeing including whitewater rapids, and windsurfing. I have a few old small sailboats which have been resting way too long on my lawn wishing for wind and water…..I’ll sail vicariously through you Glen.
    Doug Aurora, Ontario Canada

    • MaryLou Wakefield says

      Thanks Doug. Glenn will be honoured to know he is among the best solo sailors in the world. Enjoy the virtual adventure.

  5. WOW what an experience–Youre probably the envy of alot of folk–
    ALL THE BEST!!!!!

  6. Francois Hattingh says

    I am so exited to see this happen.

    And you are in the real big ocean!!!

    Congratulations and may fair winds prevail.

  7. Mark Ethier says

    Wind at your back is a wonderful thing :)

  8. Best of luck on your adventure! May the wind and seas be kind.


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