Saturday, July 05, 2014

Day 10 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

July 6, 2014 @ 8:30am or (UTC July 5 @ 2030)

Day 10 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

Anchorage position: 12 14.68N 170 07.92E

0nm day/360nm total

Wind 24 NE
30 % Cloud cover with a few rain showers
Air Temp 84F

Seas: Choppy inside lagoon with wind gusts in the upper 20's and 30's in squalls
Sea temp 86F

We're totally ready to go, both boat project wise and mentally stoked for the 20+ day passage in the north pacific, but now the weather's not cooperating. Stronger than anticipated NE winds have been buffeting us for the last 36 hours and the forecast has more of the same on the way. IF we left today we'd bash our brains out all the way to 30N, that's 1000 miles and probably make little if any easting. The GFS has been modeling a low forming just to the west of us which could give us the boost we need to punch through the easterly zonal flow, get north and hopefully find some westerly winds. As I type we have 26 knots at 075T, so we're not going anywhere today.

Yesterday, Kathy was feeling a little off after a big morning swim, so I entertained myself with another walk around Jabwelo Islands in the NE corner of Bikar atoll. I found one more Japanese glass fishing float, otherwise it was just projects around the boat like washing underwear and organizing my workbench and fishing cabinet.

This morning Kathy is feeling fine and she made some delicious blueberry muffins from scratch. Yumm.

That's it for now.

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