Day 7 Running September 8, 2013


Day 7 Sept 8, 2013

40 05.56 N, 129.54.658 W @0:8:00 

We’re still running before the wind. I was up several times in the night worrying unnecessarily about chafe and how WW II was fairing. The motion is like driving down a roller coaster road in an old truck with no shock absorbers. It’s a little like floating. The sky is overcast but the temperature below is around 20 C. The seas are about a metre to a metre and a half with breaking tops. Last night at sunset, the sun filtered down through the clouds in radiating streaks. Very moody! I have been enjoying my great variety of food, especially the fresh fruit friends dropped off on the day I left – plums, peaches, apples, and blackberries. Trevor Hayward dropped off some rock cakes which I will be very upset to see go.

There are always jobs to do but nothing pressing at the moment. The cataloguing of stores is ongoing and I’m finding more things like my comb! I started a book yesterday called Turning the Tide: How a Small Band of Allied Sailors Defeated the U-boats and Won the Battle of the Atlantic by Ed Offley. It’s about the battle of the Atlantic in World War II and deals with the allied forces and how they dealt with the U-boats. The statistics of that war are staggering to me.

Life on board is evening out a little and some routines are being set. The nap seems to be very popular as is a beer with lunch. I am so exhilarated by the speed of WW II. I’m sure we will have another 200 mile day today. When I wake up in the morning and listen to my surroundings and look around I am still a little surprised to find myself here again. It is amazing to me. 

I don’t seem to spend as much time on navigation as I did last time. I guess I know where I’m going.





  1. Ian..from Newfoundland says

    Just a quick hello ; I check in everyday just to see how your adventure is going, love the daily updates…safe travels!

  2. Afternoon siestas’ are the best after a beer!

  3. Just checked on your position and your making great headway hope the breezes are favourable and the waters calm.
    One question what do you do for fresh supplies as you can’t carry all required for the trip on board.

    • MaryLou Wakefield says

      Thanks Bob. A big part of his preparation was thinking carefully about the food and supplies he needs to have on board before he leaves that will last for at least 10 months. He has a limited supply of fresh food – mostly root vegetables and some hard fruit. He has 24 dozen fresh eggs in cartons which he turns over every day. Turning them keeps the inside of the shell coated and therefore impervious to air. They should last for a few months. He’ll fish for tuna and will get some flying fish on the deck in the southern waters.

  4. Janice Nohr (Walker) says

    Hello Glenn, I don’t know if you will remember me but we went to school together from Grade 3 to Grade 10. I followed you on your last journey and am doing it again. You and Chris Hadfield have the same pioneering spirit, it must be the field in your last name. Good luck, Janice (Walker) Nohr

  5. Wow! You’ve travelled a long way very fast! We’re very much enjoying the reports. I’m wondering if you dropped in to Old Hastings Mill Store Museum the day before departure? If not, you have a double!

  6. I am following now from bush land in Australia. With 200 mile days tou will be the tropic soon. Well done Glenn

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