RTW Day 227: N. Pacific: Glorious Day of Easy Sailing - But Wind Slowly Died

Wednesday 5th June 2013
6am  Broken, grey overcast and damp air. Weather faxes being downloaded.

By 11am, gloriously sunny blue sky with hardly a cloud in sight and good SW wind hitting 4-5kt, heading E on a beam reach. Overnight, the genoa had been taken off the pole and brought over to port and now the staysail was unfurled. We've maximum canvas out but speed is constantly being handicapped by lack of full mainsail.

It's been another day of relaxed, easy sailing in 1-1.5m following seas. From midday on, the wind slowly died back, so that by sunset, at 6:30pm, we were making under 3kt (in decidedly cooler air). Bank of grey cloud low down in the W past sunset.

This morning, a Blacked-footed albatross flew past and a Laysan albatross was seen in the distance.

At 6:15am, now have a regular sked with some other boats.  Had several new radio contacts on 15m and 20m, spent some time reading in the cockpit and kept an eye on weather fax timings. Forecast and current isobaric charts are confirming that keeping just below 30N and heading E have been good moves to keep fair wind, in view of a small Low just to our N. This Low is expected to dissipate and become a trough by tomorrow midday, so we can now begin to head ENE slowly becoming NNE by Friday, when the wind is expected to be from E.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 114n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 2381n.ml. (049T); Midway Island: 343n.ml. (254T);  San Francisco 2432n.ml (066T)

From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Transcribed by Jim, WB2REM, Port St. Lucie, FL via Ham Radio for posting.

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For my positions and track, see:
www.svnereida.com - 'Travels' - "Where is 'Nereida'?"
and/or:
http://www.exactearth.com/media-centre/recent-ship-tracks/tracking-nereida/
http://www.7163net.com Current Position Reported by Ham Radio with Google Earth Tracking

Written by : Mike

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