RTW Day 243: N. Pacific: A Good Day Sail...Strait of Juan de Fuca under 1000 n.ml. away

Friday 21st June 2013

Wind slowly veered overnight and over the morning to become ESE and then SE by midday. This evening it is ESE and we are making 5.2kt on 080T. Speed reached 6kt late afternoon otherwise around 5-5.5kt over the rest of the day, in calm seas with wind chop.

2pm - Distance to Juan de Fuca under 1000 n.ml. but wind not yet allowing direct course to reach there. Good wind forecast for the next few days, but possible problem with wind direction after that.

Went to adjust main sheet traveller...over-rode line on winch big time-the line was bar-tight and immovable. Rolling hitch to the rescue!  Helped by marlin spike and sharp knife, took half an hour of effort but all ok eventually. Trimming head sails as well added half a kt to our speed.

Bright full moon in SE at sunset, rosy pink in the sky in the NW. Reading  "The Riddle In The Sand" - at long last!

Long radio session this evening with many good contacts on 20 meters.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 72n.ml., Strait of Juan de Fuca: 1006n.ml. (082T); Victoria: 1065n.ml

From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Transcribed by Jim, WB2REM, Lawrenceville, NJ through audio link 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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