Sunday, May 11, 2014

May 11 Position Report

5/11/14 Wandering Dolphin POS
GMT 1200
09 12.40 N  096 13.52 W
COG 250
SOG 4-4.5kt

Wind: NW 6-10
Pressure: 29.55
Current favorable 1/2kt
Sky: overcast squalls all around
Seas: 3-4 ft from the west short interval steep

Good Morning,

Well now we know that It is more frustrating to have wind but from the exact wrong direction than to have no wind.
This is the last day I can use my engine for anything but charging and for my approach to Hawaii.  When we tacked south yesterday we gained some west but by the time we tacked north this morning the wind had shifted more and we were loosing to the east on that tack.  Any benefit from the westerly flowing current is lost to us because we cannot go west.  The waves created by the westerly flowing current against the westerly wind are oversized considering the wind is only W 8-10.  All in all this sucks and we are basically tacking back and forth waiting for a favorable wind shift.   Please say that will be soon.  I gain the most west by sailing about 250 but that is taking me south further into the ITCZ and away from the NE trades.  Or I can slowly sail NNE towards Mexico into the tropical storm belt.  We tacked back to the south west.  This heading is more comfortable with the waves as well.

At least we're still eating well.  Yesterday we had sausage and cheese omelets for breakfast, ramen and sandwiches for lunch, and chicken wraps with hot wing and blue cheese cole slaw in them for supper.... Too hot to cook.

What we're reading:
Kristofer: Jack Whyte's Camulod Chronicles
EmilyAnne: "The Beyonders" by Brandon Mull
Kaleb: "The Lord of the Rings"
Ben: "Fablehaven" by Brandon Mull

Thanks again for your messages.  Aline and Jim V.  Thanks for the fun.
Cave, thanks for the news and reminding me of the "fun" from the delivery to Key West. :)
Herman, Beck wants to know the scuttlebutt from Tickles and St Thomas.
Christian, funny thing is just after I read you msg, CG Cutter Othello showed up 50 miles away on AIS then it turned off soon after.

Well that's my report for today sorry it's so short folks but it's pretty uncomfortable to write at the moment.

Here's hoping for a better day tomorrow.
Captain Tofer and the still sleeping crew.

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