And back on the motorSean
05/28/2012, Past halfway between Hawaii and SF
Last night in a total act of selfishness I ate the last two cupcakes in front of my crew. This was done mainly as a display of total superiority. Sure they said that it didn't matter - they had their fancy Snickers bars - but I knew they were jealous.
The wind has arrived!Ron
05/27/2012, Past halfway between Hawaii and SF
We shut down the motor around 4am this morning (at the start of my shift) and have been sailing all day. We are still heading into the wind. The forecast says it is supposed to change and be behind us tomorrow, but they've been wrong a lot. We spent some time coming up with what GRIBs stand for (these are the weather reports we get). Sean came up with "Generally Really Inaccurate BS".
05/26/2012, Halfway between Hawaii and SF
We're just about halfway home. Our trusty motor has been very helpful. We still don't believe the propeller is pitched right, but at least we're plugging away at 4+ knots through the water. We are very close to our originally planned courseline. The high seems to be moving south; we seem to be crossing the high now. That means really calm seas (no wind waves, just perhaps 2 feet of swell) and this looks very odd for the middle of the ocean. We are seeing quite a few floating trap balls of various colors: some white, some black, some orange. Probably these are from crab or lobster traps that broke off and are now just spinning around the gyre. Sean tried to pick one up but it was too heavy. He kept saying something or other about a treasure, but I couldn't understand him.
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