Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Underway Day 28 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

July 23, 2014 @ Noon boat time GMT -8 (UTC July 23 @ 2000)

Day 28 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

Day 15 at sea since our last anchorage at Bikar atoll, Marshall Islands.

Underway position: 38 33 N 175 26 W

155nm day/2409nm trip total

Course 000T
Speed 5

Wind 8 @ 083T
100 % Cloud cover
1024 mbar
Air temp 68F
Sea temp 66F

A thick veil of fog eerily swallows our surroundings, occasional an albatross swoops out of the hollow of grey and then quickly disappears. We're ghosting along at 5 knots through the swirling mist with a light 8 knot breeze out of the east. The sun is but a shadow of it's former glory, reduced to but a glow through the gloom, is this the last we'll see of the sun?

All eyes are on the radar image overlayed on OpenCPN on our 23" navigation monitor. With the large screen we can comfortably view the radar image while relaxing on the settee. It's significantly cooler this morning and for the first time in years I've put on extra clothes to stay warm. Kathy is still braving shorts and a tee shirt, but I doubt that makes it past noon.

The artisan bread we baked yesterday was a half success, the crust was golden and crispy, but the loaf was either too small to start or we didn't give the cold dough enough time to rise. What ever the case it only half filled our large bread pan, but tasted delicious. We'd halved the recipe that called for 680 grams of flour (5 cups?), maybe that was a mistake. To compensate for the small bread Kathy made a batch of brownies in already pre-heated oven and those turned out perfect.

A big thank you to all of you who offered to send us the broken rigging part. It's always fun to hear from our family, friends and our extended network of blog friends whom we have yet to meet. Thanks for sharing the adventure and we look forward to meeting up with many of you as we make our way toward San Francisco.

About 800 nautical miles remaining to Adak, Aleutieans, Alaska.

That's it for now.

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