RTW Day 247: N. Pacific: Blue Sky, but Very Little Wind

Tuesday 25th June 2013 – New time zone: GMT – 9 (Crossed 142:30 W Yesterday)

Wind slowly backed overnight:  NNE – N at 230 am, NNW by 9 am. We were making 2 kt SE but I had to raise the pole to port for the genoa by 945 am to go goose-winged.

Cloud gradually dispersed overhead – lovely sunshine and blue sky all afternoon but band of dark grey cloud on W horizon.  Calm sea with long, slow, 2.5m W swell coming from a deep Low a long way off.

Having to keep a constant eye on our course – pole has been up and down and genoa has been poled out on both sides and taken off the pole at various times over the day, as light to non-existent winds have swung around. Just managing to keep us headed E – SE, although a speed of only 1 kt makes it difficult.  Present Low is stationary over us and forecast to stay that way for next 3 – 4 days ..... GRRR!

Dug around in the forepeak and found last few packets of cereal and Brazil nuts – more than enough.

With so much time on deck, very little reading today but thoroughly enjoying “The Riddle in the Sands” when I get to it (Thanks Richard and Claire of ‘Phalarope’!)  Have sailed through Frisians en route from Heligoland to the Netherlands and reached Nordeney on my birthday to find their annual bierfest in full swing – Happy coincidence!

Midnight – cheerful contact with Taupo maritime radio in New Zealand.

I’m resigned to a July ETA. Much as I’d hoped to arrive before 1st July (Canada Day), realistically present weather is preventing that – unbelievably so!

24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 61n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 647n.ml. (086T); Victoria: 706n.ml.

From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Transcribed by Rick, VE7TK, Victoria, BC 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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