RTW Day 238: N. Pacific: Continued Excellent Speed in SSE Wind

Sunday 16th June 2013

Rain all night and for most of the day - grey and dull.  Good SSE wind has meant we have kept up an excellent speed of around 7.6 kt, often just over 8 kt, so daily run to midday was 158 miles - best for a long time!

Saw a Laysan albatross in the early morning rain as I checked on the wind direction (which was 170T).

Surprised to find NO Honolulu weather faxes transmitted this morning - eventually got some from Point Reyes (N of San Francisco, CA).  Winds looking good for next few days.

Switched on Eberspacher heater by mid-morning - was cold and damp, so nice to have cabin warm and to dry wet foulies.  Checked on diesel - still over 150 l left, so plenty for generator (battery charging) and heater use over last two weeks of passage.

Seas have been frequently quite rough and I got thrown over to port with a larger one catching us - unhurt, fortunately, but must take more care.

Needed to catch up on sleep this morning - had 2 hours up to 4 PM, before getting ready for Pacific Seafarers net, and another 1 hour later on.  Came off autopilot and put Fred in charge ready for evening radio skeds - less interference on radio when instruments and autopilot turned off, so easier to hear the less strong signals.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 158n.ml; Strait of Juan de Fuca: 1474n.ml (066T);  San Francisco: 1699n.ml; Victoria: 1534n.ml

From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Transcribed by Rick WA1RKT, Londonderry, NH via Ham Radio for posting.

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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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