ProjectPacific: Day 5

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Last night put Fenwick Light through the test as the westerly winds continued to grow from yesterday evening.  Angry waves crashed over our bow and onto our decks as we continued to be thrown around by the confused seas.  Farrell came below from his watch in the cockpit to take cover from the unforgiving spray.  The storm passed by early morning but we continued to rock and roll until the wind shifted a few hours later, leaving us with sunshine and lifted spirits.

We are now heading SW, away from the coast, which has eased all of our nerves, as less sea room means more possibility of something going wrong (shipping lanes, thermal winds and fishing boats, oh my!)  After hanging things up to dry out, Danielle and I enjoyed sitting on the bow seat as we were thrown up and down with each rolling wave that came under us.  It’s like our own personal roller coaster!  Farrell installed a strap to hold us steady while working the galley, as we have no plans on changing tack.  We have experienced some dramatic tumbles across the boat while trying to cook, so we are extremely pleased with the new setup!  Although Danielle and I still managed to spill hot soup everywhere as we tried to transfer it to our bowls.  Oh the joys of never being still!

Current conditions:  15 kts wind from the NW, making 6kts avg speed

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4 thoughts on “ProjectPacific: Day 5

  1. Hi Having never sailed the seas for days on end…I have a few questions. Does someone have to stay up top all around the clock and you sail day and night….or can you all stop, drop anchor and go below for the night? I’d also like to know if you carry fresh water for the whole trip? How much can you carry? Also if I may ask what does a typical day routine look like? I think your adventure is awesome. Thank you for doing this blog and letting us all in on the journey. Please give my love to Danielle. Aunt Dorothy

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    • Hi … great questions. I am communicating with the onboard crew (Farrell, Kayleen and Danielle) only by satellite text so this is Christine answering from Comox. They are running a system of watches where someone is responsible for the operation and safety of the boat at all times. Typically the watches are four hours long and that person is on deck for most of it. They are wearing harnesses and life vests and are clipped onto a safety line at all times when on deck. If a sail change or adjustment is needed, a second person is on call to help. Because Farrell tends to be the lead decision maker and the fixer of most things, we need him to be as rested as possible in their moving world. To achieve this, we planned to have him get as much rest through the night as possible, leaving Kayleen and Danielle to take the main night watches. We have put extra water tankage on board and are carrying enough for 4L per person per day with some extra – if the trip is longer than expected of if there is some spoilage. We have setup a rain water collection as well so if they do get rain, they can collect extra water for some bonus washing. We also have a salt water pump so where appropriate, salt water is used. Their daily routines are just starting to establish themselves. I am sure Kayleen will blog about them soon. I will let her know your question. Christine

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      • Awesome reply Christine, i have done a bit of sailing and the sea can be an amazing force,it always has control, your just along for the ride. Im curious what the mapping program is being used on the blog page?

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      • Hi Ed,

        Thanks! The image I am using is what is provided by the in-reach Delorme Garmin. I am just taking a screen shot, the latest one in aerial view. I quite like that one. It updates the position every two hours so I am sure you can imagine how often I am rechecking position. It is really helpful as it also gives me their speed and the wind. This helps me to know if the Predictwind program I am using with this position is accurate. They are without a device for wind direction or speed but their estimates have been pretty close to what Predict wind indicates. They are texting me through this in-reach as well. Christine

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