RTW Day 244: N. Pacific: SPEEDY BUT ROUGH CONDITIONS GIVE WAY TO LIGHT WINDS

Saturday 22nd June 2013

Beautiful sunrise as NE horizon fills with colour below thin cloud layer from 3AM onwards.  Sat in cockpit enjoying it before getting to my bunk.

All changed by 8AM – Grey and rainy with winds up and veered to just E of S – furled in some genoa to reduce heel.  Later genoa furled in a lot more as wind and seas increased.  It became very uncomfortable – was thrown out chart table seat a second time as we pounded close-hauled into rough seas.

Speed was good over the day, at around 6.5 kt until dusk, around 7:30PM, when winds suddenly dropped.  By midnight, the wind was abaft the beam and we were making just 3.5 kt in a light SW wind.

Weather faxes show high pressure and light SSW wind ahead, with center of a low probably passing overhead on Monday with consequent cloking of light winds, so difficult conditions ahead!

Good email sessions with Tom, N5TW, on 17 meters early this afternoon – avoided “Field Day” pileups on 15 and 20 meters.  Just as well, since failed to make contact later, at usual time just after midnight.

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 134n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 873n.ml. (086T); Victoria: 932n.ml.

From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Transcribed by 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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