Mostly Harmless

07 March 2008 | Richmond, BC
24 November 2007 | Aukland Harbour, New Zealand
14 November 2007 | 275 NM north of Kiwi Land
11 November 2007 | 450 NM from Whangarei
08 November 2007 | 600 NM from Whangarei
06 November 2007 | A couple miles outside North Minerva Reef
05 November 2007 | North Minerva Reef - day 2
05 November 2007 | North Minerva Reef
04 November 2007 | about 40 nm north of Minerva
03 November 2007 | somewhere in between Tongatapu and Minevera Reefs
31 October 2007 | Tonga - Nuku'Alofa - still
31 October 2007 | Tonga - Nuku'Alofa
14 October 2007 | Nukualofa - Tongatapu - Kingdom of Tonga
28 September 2007 | Vava'u, Tonga
13 September 2007 | Niue
31 August 2007 | Rarotonga, Cook Islands
27 August 2007 | 150 miles SE of Bora Bora
28 July 2007 | Leeward Island
23 July 2007 | Moorea, FP
15 July 2007 | Papeete, Tahiti

Squash Zone

13 September 2007 | Niue
Morgan MacKay
The New Zealander's like to use the term "Squash Zone" to describe a weather phenomenon in the south pacific. The squash zone is the area between a large high pressure system in the south and the low pressure of the south pacific convergence zone to the north. Did that make sense? Remember, my weather skills can be poor.

Lets try an example. A yacht leaves Rarotonga heading west to Niue. A Big Fat High (BFH) pressure system forms near Australia and heads east. As the yacht going west passes to the north of the BFH going east, the yacht will experience two things: a raising barometer and horrendous weather.

If the yacht in the example was about 150 mile east of Niue as the BFH past to the south, it would have experienced winds up to 40 knots and 20' seas. If the yacht in the example was unlucky enough to be out there on September 12th, they would have also experienced total darkness due to heavy rain and no moon.

It could possibly be the worst 24 hours ever spent on a boat.
Comments
Vessel Name: Mostly Harmless
Vessel Make/Model: C&C 40
Hailing Port: Steveston, BC, Canada
Crew: Morgan MacKay
About: Mostly Single Handed. Currently crew in the South Pacific: Vanessa. Crewed to Hawaii: Tyler Borges.
Extra: Bought in 2005 on Seattle WA, Wendigo became Mostly Harmless registered in Vancouver BC. Over the last year, she has undergone a transformation from a soft middle aged performance cruiser to capable offshore passage maker.
Mostly Harmless's Photos - Mostly Harmless (Main)
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Created 11 December 2007
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Created 8 December 2007
Raiatea & Bora Bora - French Polynesia Rarotonga - Cook Islands Niue - Self Governing Nation - Free Asscociation with New Zealand Vava'u - Kingdom of Tonga
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Created 30 September 2007
Pictures taken between Hawaii and Tahiti
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Created 30 September 2007
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Created 6 August 2007
Christmas Island
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Created 6 August 2007
Moorea Island, French Polynesia
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Created 6 August 2007
Huahine Island, French Polynesia
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Created 6 August 2007
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Created 6 August 2007
Some pictures of the boat at various locations in BC
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Created 30 April 2007
Vanessa, Tyler and Morgan
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Created 30 April 2007
Good Friends and Good Crew
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Created 2 April 2007
Some random selections of the hundreds of pictures from my 10 years with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Unit-10 Steveston.
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Created 2 April 2007
Pictures where taken by Carol-Ann Zutz on a Long weekend trip to Pirate's Cove, Decourcy Island, BC.
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Created 2 April 2007

Mostly Harmless

Who: Morgan MacKay
Port: Steveston, BC, Canada