Escape from the High
20 August 2012 | 925 to go to the SF Light Bucket (as of 4:30 PM)
(from Bob) After that last update, I was not able to connect with the radio to send email. I kept getting an error that the connection to the modem was lost. The propagation did not show good probability of connecting. I was relieved to be able to send later that night.
Progress yesterday was slow, despite passing the halfway mark and 1000 mark. During my night shift, I tried tacking to port, but still couldn't sail fast, and was heading SE. Larry and Scott were having similar trouble heading West of North and very slow VMG. When I woke up for my 9 AM shift, I tacked onto port and after a few minutes the wind started filling in from 030 at 10 knots. We have been blasting along close the rhumb line in 10 to 13 knots of wind. I think it has even lifted a few more degrees. (Yay!)
Last night we had Chicken thighs with onions, potatoes, and lentil soup. Delicious again. I hear there are only 4 or 5 more thighs left...
The wind looks good for the next few days. The boat just has to survive slamming over waves every once and a while. We should be able to average 6 knots or 150 mile days. So less than 7 days. We still have 60 gallons of fuel left, so can run for 120 hours or 720 miles (if light wind).
The ride has gotten considerably rougher since we started sailing. I had to put on a patch yesterday.
Currently (4:30 PM) Bsp 6 COG 062 AWS 17 AWA -35 Main full. #2 Jib up and close hauled. Engine 0 PRM Barro 1025 Lat 35 47N Long 141 41W