Sunday 26th May 2013
Happy Bank Holiday and Memorial Day To U.K. and USA Friends!
Overnight, flying fish on side-deck – small area on its belly glowed in the dark!
9am Wind veered to E, so able to free off and make N course at better speed.
11:30am Rain clouds around – no sooner partly-furled in genoa than wind dropped, speed down to 2.5kt, so had to unfurl genoa and trim sail again. Later, back on course in E wind, speed 5.4kt bright sun.
1:30pm A lot of large cumulus around again. Had just finished spending a long time clearing up a major spillage of detergent powder when realized wind was up – we were bouncing around and heeling a lot. Genoa in …. adjusted course … so finally turned on autopilot for a short while in gusty and changeable conditions.
Sunset Large dark grey raincloud downwind – it had missed us! Clouds were clearing away ahead as the sunset light faded. Just above the W horizon, looked for the usual trio of planets to show: bright Venus was below and to the right of Jupiter, but was closer than last night. Mercury was just above Jupiter and also to its right – about twice as far away as Venus, all three forming a clear triangle, not quite equilateral.
24hr DMG to 2300GMT: 107n.ml. Strait of Juan de Fuca: 3063n.ml.; Midway Island: 774n.ml. (343T); Johnston Atoll: 212n.ml. (076T); Hawaii: 1000n.ml (071T)
From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Copied by Jim, WB2REM, Port St. Lucie, FL
For my positions, see:
– ‘Travels’ – “Where is ‘Nereida’?”