This is today's report:
TIME: 2010/06/06 17:49 (Note from Chris: this is 0749 HST)
This is yesterday's report:
TIME: 2010/06/05 16:49 (Note from Chris: this is 0649 HST)
If, after reading all this, you still see a discrepancy on YOTREPS, please let me know and I'll contact Mr. Yotreps.
Back to today's blog entry, already in progress: Last night, at sunset, we were still flying the "wedding dress", but the wind was getting light and our speed was dropping into the two knot range. So we had to make a decision: leave the chute up and hope for the best, or take it down so we could fire up the d-sail. So we decided to defer the decision for a half-hour. At the end of the half-hour we saw that the average speed had climbed into the three-knot range, which was good enough for overnight. We agreed that, if the wind died, we'd do what we had to do, but, if the breeze filled in, we would look like geniuses, at least in our own eyes. And guess what; throughout the night, the breeze was light but steady and it gradually filled in. When I went on watch at 0300, our speed had been in the fours for a while and was occasionally in the fives. During my watch, it built further until we were routinely in the sixes, with plenty of sevens thrown in. I even saw an 8.00. But once Kathy was in the saddle, and I was below reading your emails, Bill decided that, since we hadn't yet had a knockdown, but the wind was still building, it was inevitable that we'd get a surprise sooner rather than later. In fact, the GPS was hitting 8.5 knots from time-to-time, with lots of big rolls. So, all hands on deck, let's get the chute down and stowed, let's get the spinnaker fence down and stowed, let's get the jib out and drawing, and then let's, the off watch, go below for coffee and cookies.
BTW, in the spinnaker photo, if you look carefully around the bottom of the "wedding dress", you'll see that it's slightly shredded in a few spots. That's why it's flying on two poles. Before we launched the second (leeward) pole, the chute was tending to drag on the bow pulpit occasionally and we think that's what started the shredding action. Of course, when it comes to expensive sails, once it starts shredding, nobody knows where it will stop. Well, actually, we do know; at the sail maker's front door.
Today's other "stop the presses" photo is from yesterday, when it was incredibly hot and sunny, and 76 degree saltwater was deemed to be the ideal stuff for a beachfront shower. Very cooling. Of course, I, the on-watch crew, was hunkered in the shade under the dodger wearing my technical long-sleeve Pacific Cup sun-shirt, and my long-legged convertible REI sun-pants, with my brimmed camo sun-hat and with 45-proof sunscreen running into my eyes. Really pleasant. And somewhat warm too. Of course, I wasn't hunkered when I took the picture, but otherwise, definitely hunkered.
OK, enough for now. As I leave you, here is our position report:TIME: 2010/06/06 19:56 (That's UTC, 0956 in Hawaii)
It's sunny and clear here. ~~Chris