REPORT - DAY SIX - RADIO DAZE
21 April 2010 | Underway from Mexico to Marquesas
I have just checked in with our position to the Pacific Puddle Jump net. Extended discussion of a potential emergency on the vessel Sea Flyer, who this morning reported having major rigging failure, with two lower shrouds broken and one chain plate ripped out. He does not need immediate assistance, but he has no more cable clamps, or rigging wire. His current position is 08 deg 43' N, 127 deg 16' W. I talked with him on our informal net at 1800 Z today, and had a couple of suggestions re jury rigs. Adrienne sent off an email to Philip of Carina in Tonga, who worked the Pacific Seafarers net last night, so that net will be aware of the situation. Sea Flyer said tonight that the US Coast Guard is on to it, and they have sent him an email. There are a lot of boats behind him, and all are keenly aware of his condition.
Prior to that this evening I checked in with our position, weather etc to the Southbound net, and this morning the same to the Amigo net, and in less than an hour from now, I will be checking in to the Pacific Seafarers Net, which YOU can access online at www.pacsea.org, so you can see that the radio takes a prominent place in our day. You can also see how we are all supporting each other out here.
It is getting dark now, We are barreling along at 6.5 knots, occasionally 7. This so good! after days of calm, motoring and slopping along with 4 knots of wind, sails flopping - this is good! If you have not traveled on a sailing boat (yanks say 'sailboat') you may not realize the sensation of speed involved. One knot is 1 nautical mile per hour. A nautical mile 1.85 Km or, in feet, 6080 ft. Six point five knots then is 6.5 X 1.85 12 Km/hr, or 660 ft/min, 11 ft/sec, which is is like you running. The boat can keep this up as long as the wind blows; kept up for 24 hours, you'd be carried 156 nautical miles, or 289 kilometres. Doncha love numbers!
Believe me, it is a rush!
Better go up on deck and look around for ships, fishing boats, whales, mermaids, flying fish, buildings, golf courses, etc, etc.
Did it. Nothing but waves ... stars ... moon. Funny thing - there were TWO moons, both half moons, overlapping each other - I guess I have been too long staring at a computer screen. Gotta go. Even better wind forecast for tomorrow. Weather guru Don Anderson said, Bluebottle? - Bluebottle is in clover!