RTW Day 240: N. Pacific: Good Speed Maintained in W-WNW Wind. Generator Problem...

Tuesday 18th June 2013

Another completely overcast day with no sight of the sun, but no rain or fog and a good W wind in the morning veering to WNW by afternoon - wind just abaft the beam, boat speed around 6kt. Seas of 3m or more again - very noticeable since on the beam so they heel us over a lot on their approach - need to hold on carefully at all times when moving around in the cabin as well as on deck since motion is frequently quite sudden and violent. Wind lighter by midday, so full genoa unfurled but big seas continue.

Went to start the generator this morning, to charge battery - alternator would not activate...off with the cover... take size 14 spanner to release nut on activator spindle (had got stuck, as it often does)... finally started up ok. Checked oil while had cover off - ok.

Spent most of the morning downloading and studying weather faxes as usual, including one from Kodiak (Alaska) which I wanted to compare with one from Pt. Reyes for coverage since timing seems to be more convenient. Looks as if winds will be light NW-N over the next two days. A deep extensive Low to the W is dominating the N. Pacific weather now and for the next few days.

Emailing relay system via radio is working well - over 550 messages (in and out) so far! Tends to keep message length down although not everyone seems to appreciate the need for brevity!

Cold again - sea temperature is down to 12C so more hot soup and cabin heater on frequently.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 127n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 1211n.ml. (073T); Victoria 1271;  San Francisco 1500n.ml
From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Transcribed by Jim, WB2REM, Lawrenceville, NJ with Skype audio assistance from Tom, N5TW, Georgetown, TX 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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