Air temp: 70 degrees
Humidity: 59% Barometer: 1028 mb and steady
Speed: 4 knots Course: 090 degrees True
Noon to noon distance made in nautical miles for the last 24 hours: 82 miles
Point of Sail: Port close reach
Wind speed: Northeast at 8 knots
Swells: Northeast at 2-3 ft.
Noon Latitude: 40 deg 52′ N (Same latitude as Eureka Ca, but 1500 miles west of it) Noon Longitude: 147 deg 52′ W
Camanoe’s fish count since Maui: Flying fish – 7 Squid – 0
Breakfast today: Blueberry Pancakes!
Lunch today: Leftover – Bulghur Wheat(Kinda like Coucous), Chicken Breast, Summer squash
Dinner tonight: Something with ground meat????
The wind died last night around 0100. We drifted through the night with sails secured until 0700 this morning until a light breeze filled in allowing us to ghost along at 1-2 knots to the east-southeast. Since then the wind has been variable light to medium. We are definitely in a high pressure area, as the bar is reading 1028 mb, but not “the High.”
We spotted the Chronus Leader, a RO/RO (Roll on, roll off for cars) ship of the NYK line today at 1200 hours. They were enroute to Hitachi, Japan from San Francisco. I had the squelch up too high on the C.A.R.D. system, as it didn’t detect them until about five miles out. The mate on watch was friendly enough, except his first language wasn’t english. I had a difficult time comprehending him on the VHF. Apparently Camanoe makes a good radar target, as he didn’t seem to have any problems detecting us. Of course the weather was clear with no sea clutter. I suspect in foggy or stormy weather the sea clutter filter on a ship’s radar would have to be turned up to tune out storm clouds and misc., essentially tuning out Camanoe as well. Unfortunately, the Mate didn’t understand the question, “How far out did your radar detect me?” no matter how I phrased the question. His only reply was “CPA (closest point of approach) 1.36 miles.” It’s good to know there are a few ships out here in case I run into problems.
Otherwise, I’m hanging out!!! I hate to say it, but today has been boring. Which is sad, because I’ve always felt boredom is only for people with no imagination.