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RTW Day 229: N. Pacific: Strong Wind, Rough Seas, Grey and Rainy

Friday 7th of June

A grey rainy day of strong wind of 30kt or more and rough seas, over 3m, only 4-5 seconds apart. We were sailing close-hauled often dropping into the troughs after mounting the wave crest. Not the most comfortable of days being heeled and pounded by the seas all the time, despite taking the third reef in the mainsail early this morning. The genoa was reduced to a scrap several times when the wind was at its strongest.

The wind was from NE-ENE and so our course, initially NNW, became N over much of the day, at 4-5kt. Cloud layer became broken in the W at sunset.

By 9pm, the wind had dropped a lot and the seas were lying down also, so increased genoa to give a boat speed of 5.0kt rather than 3.5kt.

A Laysan albatross kept us company all day, enjoying the strong wind and rough seas.

It was coldest enough for me to need my fleeces once more, to keep warm.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 66n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 2258n.ml. (050T); Midway Island: 456n.ml. (248T);  San Francisco 2315n.ml (067T)

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


For my positions and track, see:
www.svnereida.com - 'Travels' - "Where is 'Nereida'?"
http://www.7163net.com Current Position Reported by Ham Radio with Google Earth Tracking

Written by : Mike

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