Tuesday, 27 November 2012

in the North Pacific once more

at 0716 UTC...supper time here last night...we crossed the equator for the eighth time. Philip asked Neptune for permission and protection and donated a tot of Capt. Morgan's. Winds have turned NNE and it's now a beat to try to get to Kosrae. May have to tack back to the east.

A developing typhoon well to our west threatens friends and we're watching its track closely.

At 11/27/2012 and 17:45 UTC (GMT) our position was: 00°34.94'N / 163°33.51'E.
We were traveling 344T degrees true at 4.0 knots.


Sunday, 25 November 2012


Since leaving the Arvanon Islands on Tuesday we have been riding the first of the monsoon westerly winds east and north towards Kosrae. There have been a few whopper squalls but mainly winds of 10 knots or less. A low to our north and a low to our south both turn slowly; that in the southern hemisphere clockwise and in the northern hemisphere counterclockwise. One is feeding us winds from the north - from Mexico's deserts - and the other from the south - from the warm So Pacific - that are converging with the westerlies blowing in from Africa. For our passage, this has been a beneficial convergence.

Today is Sunday and we are just reaching the longitude of Kosrae, which is 481 nm due north. Yesterday was a particularly squally day and this launched us into the phase where sleep is all we dream of. Too, either of us can now sleep at any time of the day and with any racket going on around us.

At 11/25/2012 and 02:04 UTC (GMT) our position was: 02°43.67'S / 163°00.77'E.
We were traveling 036T degrees true at 3.4 knots.

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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

All's Well This Morning

The cyclonic storm SE of us is still there (due north of Vanuatu) and still projected to intensify. There is no word this morning of Shark Face, caught in it and dismasted. We are hoping the SAR guys are on the ball.

Aboard Carina, we are enjoying southerly winds and using them to book on north. There is little to no chance the storm will visit us, though we may enjoy some of the squalls in the troughs that emanate from it. We had a warm quiet night of sailing with <10 knots and a wee bit of moon.

At 11/20/2012 and 20:03 UTC (GMT) our position was: 06°50.09'S / 158°22.60'E.
We were traveling 066T degrees true at 2.7 knots.

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Monday, 19 November 2012

Slow Going

Spent yesterday, Sunday, drifting. The water was 91 degrees!! Squalls this morning. Ducked into Arvanon Islands - Kerehikapa - in the Manning Strait. Beautiful. Crocs, turtles and megapodes but we won't see them probably, even though the park extracted a fee for anchoring and a fee for park "entry".

At 11/19/2012 and 04:47 UTC (GMT) our position was: 07°27.36'S / 158°01.57'E.

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

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Well, at long last we are underway. We left Liapari yesterday - Saturday Nov 17 local time and are now in "the slot" and bobbing around with no wind. It's so calm and so hot Philip has fired up the grill to cook supper. The water temperature beneath the boat was 90 degrees F today!!

At 11/17/2012 and 23:34 UTC (GMT) our position was: 07°40.64'S / 157°24.49'E.
We were traveling 094T degrees true at 0.9 knots.

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