Monday, May 12, 2014

May 12 Position Report

5/12/14 Wandering Dolphin POS
GMT 1200
09 33.50N  097 25.50W
COG 260T
SOG 3.5 kt

Wind: NNW 4-8
Current favorable .8-1 kt
Temp: 88.8f
Pressure: 29.55
Sky: mostly cloudy
Seas: 2 - 3ft W. swells

Motored some more through the night, engine off now, all sails set and barely drawing.

Good Morning,
Yesterday was a busy one.  We had enough wind to sail but unfortunatly it was a west wind.  We had tacked to the south in the night so throughout the day yesterday we tacked back north.  The wind had moved to the north west so we were able to actually gain a little on our destination.  Some of you have actually been plotting our position and have sent me msg wondering why it is so erratic.  If you draw lines day to day you will see our tacks north and south and how little we are gaining to the west.  Wandering Dolphin actually sails to windward very well but the problem is that this wind is so light that you actually have to fall off quite a bit just to get enough speed to have steerage and for the sails to draw.  Yesterday started out with light wind but picked up to more than 20 knots for over an hour later in the day as we approached a HUGE thunderstorm system.  During that time we made great time but when the storm overtook us the wind died and it DUMPED rain on us.  During the rainstorm I took a full on shower in the cockpit, in the rain, and then I went up on deck and opened the water fill and directed runoff into the tank.  By the end of the storm the tanks were full and I was clean and shivering happily.  After the thunderstorm the light wind filled in again and we sailed on.  In the evening we passed right by a longline fishing vessel.  This is the first vessel we have had an actual visual on in six days.  We're out of the shipping channel and it's pretty lonely out here.  Throughout the evening we had to dodge the flags from their long lines.  It was horrible to watch pods of spinner dolphins around those long lines.  We also saw humpback whales out there blowing away. The sunset was one of the prettiest I have ever seen and as the sun went down the wind completely died.  We started the engine and motored in the current at low RPM through the night.

We now find ourselves in the right place to keep favorable current all the way to Clipperton and if the wind goes around to the North we should actually be able to stay on that heading.

This was Beck's first offshore Mother's Day and we let her sleep all day and we tried to spoil her.  I am blessed by God to have such an awesome wife and mother to my kids.  Not only is she beautiful but she is the most adventurous woman I have ever known.

Mike and Cave: thanks for the Mother's Day wishes to Beck!
Shannon: thanks for the riddle!
Carl: thanks for the prayers and the suggestion to have the boys pull the boat in the dingy.  I'm considering it!
Herman:  sorry about the Delorme position stuff, I can't see it so there's not much I can do.  The strange tacks we've been making might be the confusion.
Jared: hey thanks for coming along for the ride and thanks for the riddle, remember to send a solution too.
Jim V.  TaranaSNORUS Rex?  Benny's answer.

Yesterday we had cereal for breakfast, Ramen Noodles for lunch, and rice with Alfredo sauce and Parmesan cheese for supper with pound cake covered in chocolate pudding for dessert.

Thanks for all of your encouragement.  Feel free to share our Facebook page with your friends.  The more the merrier!

The wind just filled in a bit!
Captain Tofer, Beck, EmilyAnne, Kanyon, Kaleb, and Benny

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