RTW Day 218: N. Pacific: Excellent Speed in E Wind, But Choppy Seas

Monday 27th May 2013

Constantly keeping an eye on COG (course) and SOG (speed) to optimize both by 'tweaking' - adjusting Fred and/or trimming sails and furling in/out genoa, depending on heel and condition.

Trying to keep heading N, although happy to make some more Easting in case winds force us NNW as we close on Hawaiian Islands' chain reefs and atolls - E.T.A. Thursday, if present speed of 6.5-7kt is maintained. Have noted several safe passages through. Present E wind is very welcome (as oppose to ENE), since this means that, although still close - reaching, we're more off the wind, giving good speed, and banging less into the 2m sea so a smoother ride.

Quite cloudy this afternoon, after bright morning of boisterous sailing in the bigger seas. Tonight, starry overhead, with only a little cloud ahead and in the W.  Big grey clouds at sunset prevented any sighting of the planet trio of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury soon after nightfall, close to the W horizon.

Continuing to find flying fish on side-deck each morning.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 126n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 2960n.ml.; Midway Island: 659n.ml. (339T); Johnston Atoll: 208n.ml. (111T); Hawaii: 962n.ml (081T)

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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