So Slow!!!

Air temp: 74 degrees
Humidity: 64% Barometer: 1023 mb and steady
Speed: 3-4 knots Course: 345 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 91 miles
Point of Sail: Stbd. Close reach
Wind speed: North at 8-10 knots
Swells: Northeast at 3-6 ft.
Noon Latitude: 38 deg 29′ N (Same latitude as Bodega bay Ca in, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 152 deg 55′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 6 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: 2 pop tarts
Lunch today: Egg Burrito with white rice, granola bar, 5 hand fulls of mini pretzels Dinner tonight: Steak fajitas

So slow!!! It’s becoming a little frustrating. I have been constantly adjusting sails and beating into, for the most part, light winds the last few days and have little to show for it. In the last 24 hours, close-hauled with two tacks we have made 48 miles to the north. At this rate it will be a long haul to British Columbia. Maybe I left too late in the season. Big Ben, a Beneteau 50 race boat, which just completed the Victoria to Maui race, is about 800 miles to the northeast of me on their way home to Victoria. They sail much more efficiently than Camanoe and haveĀ seven people on board for constant sail trim. They have been struggling with light winds for most of the trip and are frustrated as well. This doesn’t sound good for little old me. If the winds don’t change shortly I’m going to make a right towards San Francisco.

Ok, enough complaining, I apologize. Today has still been a fantastic day. Camanoe has now sailed over 7000 nautical miles (8050 statute miles) since leaving San Francisco last year. Pretty good for this old girl.

Last night I saw the first signs of human life since leaving Maui. Sometime in the wee hours of the night the radar alarm started beeping, very faintly, indicating a radar target aft to my starboard. Sure enough, I could just barely make out the lights of a ship in the distance. Very kewl….


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