Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Underway Day 27 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

July 22, 2014 @ Noon boat time GMT -8 (UTC July 22 @ 2000)

Day 27 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

Day 14 at sea since our last anchorage at Bikar atoll, Marshall Islands.

Underway position: 36 00 N 175 19 W

111nm day/2254nm trip total

Course 354T
Speed 7.1

Wind 10 @ 088T
20 % Cloud cover
1021 mbar
Air temp 77F
Sea temp 73F

The morning sky was a stunning aurora of pastel pinks painted on an endless blue sky, a fine welcome to a new day. It was just 4AM according to our clocks and it seemed the time had finally come to jump ahead the 4 hours to join Alaska daylight saving time GMT-8.

We've been motoring or motor sailing for the last 48 hours in the most unexpected calm conditions. Based on the latest GFS GRIB model it looks like we'll have more than plenty of wind and at least one frontal passage before making landfall. Based on my brief synopsis, Kathy decided to NOT look at the weather forecast as she decided it would only stress her out, I wish I had the same luxury as I'm not excited about pacing a frontal passage for serveral days with our compromised rigging. At this point it looks we have little choice as the GFS model shows a much nastier storm on the heals of the first

At the moment we're sailing on a full main and jib under clear blue skies with water and air temperature between 71-73F. We're topping up the water tanks and running the water heater in expectation of the stormy cold weather in the days to come. I've been reading a book on Artisan bread making and Kathy indulged me by mixing up some dough when she was making pizza dough last night and we left the bread dough to slow ferment in the refrigerator overnight. The idea is that the slow fermentation will more fully develop the flavor of the bread. I formed a loaf today and it's now rising in the bread pan. I'm pre-heating the oven to max the max of 450F with our large cast iron pan and pizza stone to increase the thermal mass and will add 1/2 cup of hot water to the pan when I slide in the bread to create steam for hopefully a nice crunchy golden crust.

Adak in the mid-Aleutians remains the most likely landfall, however my routing program QTVLM can now calculate a reasonable solution to Dutch Harbor.

That's it for now.

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