Total Miles sailed so far=20,197nm.
Miles sailed last three days=407nm.
Distance to turn north=1,295nm.
Top speed so far=14.1kts.
Position: Lat.40*53’S. Long.143*55′ W.
Weather= Wind=WNW 7-20kts. Seas=6-10ft. Cabin Temp=62*-65*. Bar=1003mb
Today the sailing was primarily under light winds.
I came across a fleet of commercial fishing boats and was contacted by Paul aboard ” Seven Daughters” registered out of Haines,Alaska. They were fishing for Albacore Tuna, and Paul reported the fishing was slow yet slightly better than last year. He said once they get 600 fish they head for Tahiti for fuel then up to Vancouver Canada where they spend the off season.
On this night the sky was so clear that it looked like you could stand on deck, and pick the stars out of the heavens above.
Position: Lat.41*25’S Long.141*57’W.
Weather=Wind=WNW 8-15kts. Seas=WNW6-8ft. Cabin Temp=62*-66*. Bar=1000mb.
Today I find myself studying the pilot charts, as I have become somewhat apprehensive about my planned point where I intended to turn north. The reason being I’m later getting here, later than I had hoped and the fall weather can be pretty unpredictable at 45* south and the 85* west.
I also must admit that I’m suffering a bit from “Battle Fatigue”, and figure if I’m going to deal with the elements I would sooner do it in warmer waters.
I have decided to go over the high or thru it rather than sail under and around. This route will be slightly shorter but most likely no faster, but I feel safer given the time of year.
I will still have adequate rhumb line mileage for a credited circumnavigation.
Position: Lat.42*40’S Long.139*21’W
Weather=Wind= NE 12-25kts. Seas=NE 6-10ft. Cabin Temp=63*-67*. Bar=1005mb
Sailing fast today close on the wind with “Patches” rolled out just 10% reefed main, reefed mizzen and full staysail.
Now the reason “Patches is only 10% out is that she has three tears buried on the furled portion of the sail, and I need both a nice day and the desire to get her patched.
“Patches” however has become famous and here is a song that was written about her, by Liz Wilder a follower of the adventure:
If your happy and you know it, Patch it there!
If your sailing and you know it, Patch it here!
If your happy that your sailing and you know it needed Patching, then you just Patch it e.v.e.r.y.w.h.e.r.e.!!!” ha ha.
Yes, happy that I’m sailing and yes, I will no doubt be patching it everywhere, The Jefe’