Finer Points on the Pacific High
18 July 2011 | 39 16'N:159 15'W,
As you may have gathered from recent mentioning in the blogs, everything is dependent on the central position of the Pacific High and our relative position to it. The key is to steer a course which gets us to the outside of the center without getting too far afield westerly making up the extra distance that we have to go east in order to make landfall at Juan de Fuca Strait or pinching it too much that we actually get caught in the center without the benefit of having any wind.
Seeing as how it is so central to this voyage -- I thought I would enclose a copy of an illustrative synoptic weather chart and some comments relating to it.
Each day we download the enclosed synoptic weather charts () seen in the inset attached to this blog. As you can see from our position we're nearing the center position of the Pacific High steering a course of 345Â° T. This puts us on the 159Â° W longitude meridian which is pinching it a bit tight but at the same time if we make it, it saves us having to make up the westerly course where some of our fellow ships in the fleet ahead of us have gone as far afield as 164Â° W longitude before making the turn.
Everybody seems to be making the turn at about the latitude of 42-43Â° north so we expect to reach that point in about 36-48 hours.
More shall be revealed!