Sunday, July 13, 2014

Underway Day 18 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

July 14, 2014 @ Noon local or (UTC July 14 @ 0000)

Day 18 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

Underway position: 21 32N 170 25E

130nm day/942nm trip total

Course 005
Speed avg ~5.4

Wind 13 @ 092T
20 % Cloud cover
1015 mbar
Air temp 86F
Sea temp 85F

Confused seas and lighter winds the last 24 hours has resulted in covering less ground than expected. Today around 10AM I shook out the 2nd reef and we're now sailing a knot faster with just one reef. I'm also using our Simrad AP24/AC42 autopilot in wind mode and have our apparent wind angle set to Starboard 52 degrees. The idea of wind mode is that the autopilot will try to hold the apparent wind angle and adjust our course according to the shifts in the wind and wind strength. Today that has our course oscillating between 357T and 015T. The last 3 hours we've averaged 6.4 knots and run a course of 005T. Since Bikar atoll we've only made a piddling 20 miles of easting in 560 miles of northing.

Both today and yesterday I've seen the white Tropical bird with the very long tail one of my favorite sea birds, otherwise nothing but endless blue.

At the moment it's 86F with 77% humidity and very pleasant with a breeze blowing through the cabin. I haven't worn a shirt in 18 days except for sun protection on our beach combing walks and I can't remember the last time I slept with so much as sheet covering my toes. Around 30N I'm guessing it going to start cooling off pretty quick. Just before we left Majuro we ordered warm slippers, socks, thermal underwear, fleece and bought 3 comforters for our bed. Our cat Shell is going to have to start growing some fur fast.

That's it for now.

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