RTW Day 215: N. Pacific- White Tropic Bird Comes By

Friday 24th May 2013

5:30am   Unfurled to pull genoa in lighter winds - sun just risen. Day was mainly bright with lots of thin high clouds but afternoon brought total light overcast with sun shining through from time to time.

11am-3pm (& again 10-11:30PM)     Spent a long time on emails. Having to receive and sent via voice relay on my HF radio certainly slows things down and keeps my replies short! Many thanks to Jim, Rick and Tom for their time and help in that. Propagation got difficult on 15 meters today but 20 meters worked well.

3pm    Lovely white - tailed tropic bird, with with white streamers and black feet and eye patches, circled several times.

6pm  Glorious sunset colours were beginning to fade as bright moon rose in E. Golden in W, vivid pink clouds all over the rest of the blue sky - dramatic!  No planet seen tonight - too much cloud.

For second night running, wind veered and increased enough for us to bear away and make better speed - around 6 kt. Later, cloud mainly cleared away and moon shown brightly over a choppy sea.

P.S. I forgot to mention that I've wedged and latched the galley stove to prevent it moving after gimbal support broke on Wednesday.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 127n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 3233n.ml.; Midway Island: 997n.ml. (346T); Johnston Atoll: 339n.ml. (035T); Hawaii: 1067n.ml (065T)

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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