Sunday, June 13, 2010

About our ETA

Everyone who has been following Cirrugator, including me, is of course very excited that we will apparently be landing sometime very late on the night of the 16th. But we have a new wrinkle. Cirrugator calculated that we would be making about 8 knots through this band of 20+ knot winds, and we certainly have the wind. But we also have a severe 6-foot chop with interspersed breaking 9- and 12-foot swells. So, not only are we on our ears, but we are really being thrown around a lot. So, for the welfare of vessel and crew, we have throttled back to an average of about 5.5 knots. Sometimes we hit a wave and stop; sometimes we get a smooth spot and shoot ahead at 6+ knots. But let's assume 5.5 knots for the moment.

It is approximately 6:00 pm on Sunday evening and we are showing 631 miles to the Golden Gate Bridge. At 5.5 knots, that's 115 hours. If we add an hour to get to Richmond, that's 116 hours, or 4 days and 20 hours. That puts us in Richmond on Friday the 18th at 2:00 pm. If anything changes, we'll be sure to let you know.

It's a bummer for all of us who are waiting to be reunited with loved ones, but I guess the Wednesday arrival was not to be. At least we now have a somewhat realistic expectation to work with. Stay tuned. ~~Chris


  1. Stay warm and dry and hold on. Don't get hurt now, any of you! The sea state could change in a few hours and you'll be gliding toward the Golden Gate on skates! As we told Kathy's Mother, any day less than 20 is a bonus day so you are all looking at a three or so day bonus!
    Fair Winds,
    Kim and Lou

  2. 2pm, yeah, that's more like it!

  3. No rush at all. Not only am I enjoying the commentary and pictures, but I find I am truly reading all of the comments of the readers of this blog as well with great enthusiasm. Nearly giggled myself silly over Ulli's vampire quote about ya'll turning to dust if you step off the boat in daylight hours. We have had horrid storms here and I couldn't sleep so I thought I would see if you all were having any new and exciting adventures.
    Fair winds to you all
    Love the star sunglasses!!! Keep wearing those shorts and tee shirts Dad cuz you were making me sweat just hearing about all the extra layers of long johns and such!
    Should I send some of our strong wind your way?

  4. I look forward to meeting you on the dock Friday. Did you ever create a top ten best book list? What are each crew members favorites? Iiit maybe too bumpy now to even think of now. The weather conditions sound similar to ours in 2008. Stay warm and stay safe. You all are doing a great job. With love and envy, Tina Crabtree