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Sunday, September 07, 2014

Half way across the Gulf of Alaska

September 7, 2014 @ 0900ADT or 1700UTC

Underway position: 57 23 N 143 59 W
Course: 096T
Speed: 6.4

This morning we're crossing the midway point in the 560 nauticla mile sail between Kodiak and Sitka. Other than some unwanted 2.2 meter or 7 foot southerly swell that conflicting with the westerly wind waves and swell, the trip has been near perfect with easy downwind sailing close to the rhumb line. The GFS GRIB from last night shows lighter winds for the second half of the voyage which could be perfect for our big spinnaker and some trolling for Albacore tuna.

Mentally the 560nm Gulf of Alaska crossing seems like a short hop after several weeks at sea on our voyage from the Marshall Islands to Alaska and then the subsequent 1200 we've traveled between landfall in the Aleutians to Kodiak. In context of longish Pacific voyages, 560nm ranks 13th amongst our longest non-stop ocean voyages. The below are mostly the rhumb line distances I quickly measured between ports and thus slightly understate the actual miles sailed.

#13 Kodiak to Sitka, Alaska: 560nm (2014)

#12 Maupiti, French Polynesia to Penrhyn atoll, Cook Islands: 575nm

#11 Maupihha, French Polynesia to Suvarov, Cook Islands: 580nm (2013)

#10 Aitutaki, Cook Islands to Pago Pago, American Samoa: 590nm (2012)

#9 Penrhyn Atoll, Cook Islands to Rangoroia atoll, French Polynesia: 720nm (2013)

#8 Pago Pago, American Samoa to Penrhyn atoll, Cook Islands: 850nm (2013)

#7 Rotuma Fiji to Tarawa, Kiribati 880nm (2013)

#6 Port Villa, Vanuatu to Bundaberg, Australia: 1080nm (2007)

#5 Vava'u, Tonga to Opua, New Zealand: 1230nm (2006)

#4 Opua, New Zealand to Suva, Fiji: 1420nm (2007)

#3 Isla Benidicto, Mexico to Fatu Hiva, French Polynesia: 2450nm (2012)

#2 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Eaio, Marquesas, French Polynesia: 2800nm (2006)

#1 Bikar Atoll, Marshall Islands to Adak, Aleutian Islands, Alaska: 2900nm (2014)

That's it for now.

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