Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 28 Position Report

5/28/14 Wandering Dolphin POS
GMT 1400
12 36.90N 126 32.13W
COG 285T
SOG 6.5 kt
NTN 158 nautical miles
DTG 1704 nautical miles (destination changed from Honolulu to Hilo)
Wind: NE 18-20
Temp: 88.2 F
Pressure: 29.6
Sky: overcast
Seas: 4-6ft 5 seconds
Sails: double reefed main, deep reefed jib, no stays'l

Last night was one of the rough ones.  I've been out here so long that I cannot say the roughest, but just one of the roughest.  We came into this cloud bank right at dusk and it was pitch dark after the sun set.  I'm still not sure if we were being hit by squalls or if the wind which was blowing steady 20-25 would just gust on its own to 30-35.  There was no rain but the seas became very confused and they would break over the deck.  Right after this stuff started one broke over the deck and through the hatch drenching the salon and all the kids who were sitting at the table.  That is bound to happen eventually if you leave the hatch open but we still do it to cool the boat off.  Now all of our towels are wet with saltwater and we will need to wash the cushion covers in Hawaii as well.

So right now the boat is closed up and hot, the seas are uncomfortable, my hair is sticking straight up and out all over like a mad man, my beard is sticking to my face, I'm tired from being awake most of the night, and everything is salt water wet.  Haha I remember thinking there would be days like this...

Wandering Dolphin is doing so well.  It has been great to feel her in her element.  She shrugs off these waves and keeps pushing us along toward Hawaii.  We're deeply reefed and still making 6.5 to 7 knots with ease.  I could push her and do 9 but it's better not to break things... Like my wife for example, she might break anyway.

Yesterday we had oatmeal for breakfast, tomato soup with chicken and rice in it for lunch, and baked beans, tomatoes, and BBQ sauce over biscuits for supper.

So our plan has changed a bit.  We will make landfall on the big island at Hilo where we can check in and then we can see the volcanos and stuff.  Then we will sail over to Lahiana on Maui for a week or so and then Oahu where we will provision for our trip to Alaska.

It's funny to think that even though it feels like this big passage is almost over with 1700 miles left there is still more sea time left than on one of my deliveries from Norfolk, VA to St. Thomas!  Perspective.

Beck will comment on messages on Facebook.  Thanks for the messages!

Have a Wonderful Day!
Captain Tofer, Rebecca, Emily, Kanyon, Kaleb, Benny

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