RTW Day 237: N. Pacific: Murky, Grey... Fog then Rain...Welcome to the "Pacific NW" !!

Saturday 15th of June 2013

Overnight fog lifted a little early on and sun tried to shine through weakly but then gave up. By afternoon, rain came in as I was raising the pole to go goose-winged. Had to use a long boat-hook to help release mast-fitting so pole end was free to move. A Black-footed albatross passed by and then a dark storm-petrel.

Managed to get two of seven uncooperative unused pens working today - still trying with the other five.

Looked again at weather faxes in detail and decided to change course to NE to try to stay a head of a cold front and in good wind. Two boats 200 and 300 miles to WNW and NW are motoring in no wind but we've got good S-SSE wind and are now at 11pm making 7.5-8kt. Our present winds are the result of a compression with a High to E and Low to the NW with a cold front trailing down to the S just to our W. I'm trying to stay in these winds for as long as possible, so we're on starboard tack again with genoa off the pole and back over to port.

If only the weather would play ball, so that conditions would allow me to keep up present speeds of around 6-7kt or more, I'd be finished easily before end of June. It's all a big unknown and only time will tell, but it would be nice to be safely tucked up in harbour before Canada Day on 1st of July.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 122n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 1625n.ml. (062T); Midway Island: 1089n.ml. (228T);  San Francisco 1820n.ml (084T)

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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