Monday, January 21, 2013

Tropical Cyclone 'Garry' on our tail

January 22, 2013 0245UTC (3:45PM local)
Position: 09°09'S 163°47'W
Course 76T
Speed 6.8 knots

We now are 510 miles from Pago Pago and nearing the latitude of Penrhyn Island. With Northing in hand we are feeling pretty secure that we are out of the likely path of Cyclone 'Garry'. From here we'll just sail east to Penrhyn about two days distant.

Our friends on s/v Songline in Pago Pago, American Samoa had this to say:

"TC Garry is now predicted to move to between Tutuila and Manua and stall there for a while, forecasting 60+ knots of wind around midnight tonight.  We've scooted over to tie up to the MV Sili, bought some BFBF's (big f&%*ing buoy fenders) at the seine warehouse and are feeling ready to dance."

Wishing everyone in American Samoa well as they brace for the onslaught of TC 'Garry'.

Aboard LightSpeed we are currently motorsailing with less than 5 knots of wind, mostly clear skies and HOT and HUMID conditions. The proverbial calm before the storm it seems. We may have another 12 hours before Northerly winds fill and we get back to fast sailing.

I hope I can wrangle a few gallon of diesel from the locals on Penrhyn as we're going to come close to burning every drop on-board motoring through these calms.

On our website you can find a link near the top left hand side of the page that will show our most recent position report on Google maps.

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