Wednesday, June 2, 2010

This is Your Captain Speaking

It is mid afternoon on day 2 of Delivery 2010. We are 140 nautical miles almost dead north (very little latitude change) of home. The scheduled 1000 departure looked like it was going to slip a little but a cold gusty rain shower speeded things up. The blessing was rushed as people scattered for shelter. It cleared quickly and we pushed off the dock an hour late and were on our way.

It is wonderful to be the focus of so much care and concern. Every one was wonderful and helpful without reservation. People brought us so many last minute gifts of food that we had a hard time finding places to put things. We sure aren't going to be hungry. Donna Austin and Kim Ickler stand out as people who carried us on their shoulders and launched us on our way.

The tide was low when we left the dock and we needed time to settle in and impose some order below on the chaos of the last minute provisioning push, so we motored over to the main shipping channel. Out in the ocean it was gusty and squally, with 15-20 knot winds and hard short bumpy seas. It felt like we were a rag doll being shaken to pieces by a puppy. Pretty rough way to get started. We just plugged along with a reef in the main and furled the jib in and out to accommodate to conditions. Finally around noon today conditions mellowed out and now we have the full main and jib, and the wind and sea are smooth and the sky is blue. We are cooking along at 6.5-7 knots. (Still straight north.)
At 6/2/2010 8:15 PM (utc) our position was 23°10.84'N 157°22.77'W

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  1. I hope you have access to the grib files? If not let me know.
    On second thought, you may not want to look at them, Lows, fronts, and all changing quickly, Cirrugator suggests a 2week close hauled sailing. Plain misery.

  2. Looking good, gang! Spots on deck - someone bled and it dried or you were birded. Kathy, we'll call your parents every day there is something to report so if you want us to tell them anything let us know. Mom's 84th birthday dinner at Hy's was fine.
    Keep on, stay safe, we're still working on the SSB connection I guess.
    Kim and Lou