Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Passage to Neah Bay: day 19

Date: July 31, 2012
47° 59' N 138° 32' W
Previous 24 hour run: 170
Water Temp: 54.5

Date: Aug 1, 2012, Time: noon PST
47° 44' N 135° 12' W
Wind speed: 13 / wind dir: 290 (WNW), Heading: 080, Speed: 5.6
Barometer: 1026, Water Temp: 55.4
Log: 7801.0
Previous 24 hour run: 135

Approximate destination lat/lon: 48° 30' N 128° 50' W

I had my best run of this passage on July 31st - 170nm. I had nice steady wind, was heading into it with the apparent wind at around 70deg starboard at around 16 knots and had a pretty comfortable ride (everything being relative.) As of noon today, Aug 1st, there are 419nm remaining to travel to Neah Bay, which is three or four days away depending on how the wind cooperates.

At the moment, the evening of August 1st, the wind has been getting lighter and veering around slowly to the north, and today is not going to be a big mileage day. I have yet to download today's weather forecast, but yesterday's forecast had the wind increasing tomorrow afternoon and veering around to come eventually from the north. If that holds for a few days, I should be able to ride it all the way to my destination.

Its still cloudy here and the water has warmed up a little since the 51.8 on July 29th. Its currently 56.3, its warmed up since noon today, and those extra five degrees make a noticeable difference to the air temperature. Its not exactly t-shirt and shorts weather but sitting outside is much more pleasant today than a few days ago.

Have I mentioned what a big ocean this is? Big. Lots of water. Its incredible. I haven't seen another vessel for three days, visually or on my AIS.

All is well onboard. Take care everyone.

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1 comment:

  1. That was a big mileage day on July 31st. Nice winds and ocean. You've made better time than had been anticipated, but I won't count it done 'till it's done. I wonder why the ocean temp. has warmed up a little. Interesting to know it affects the air temp so much. Many more sea birds? Stay safe and well. xo Mum