RTW Day 214: N. Pacific: Catch Sight of Mercury After The Sun Goes Down

Thursday 23rd May 2013

After sunset tonight Jupiter, Venus and Mercury were all visible in above the W horizon. Came down for food and realized we were heeling a lot. Wind was up and veered. Furled in some genoa, eased mainsheet and adjusted Fred. Speed was over 6.5kt in the better conditions and we were sailing more up the wind and making a good course. Earlier in the day we had been making a very poor speed of 3-4kt, so this evening's speed was welcome. It had been a good sunny day and the solar panels put in plenty of electrons.

Amazingly, when I downloaded weather faxes this morning, the ITCZ had re-formed to the S - it had vanished just long enough to let us through. Early this morning I found 8 flying fish on the side-deck.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 110n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 3332n.ml. ; Midway Island: 1121n.ml. (348T); Johnston Atoll: 448n.ml. (025T); Hawaii: 1123n.ml (059T)

From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Copied by Jim, WB2REM, Port St. Lucie, FL

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Written by : Mike

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