Tuesday, July 22, 2014

July 22 Position Report

7/22/14 Wandering Dolphin POS

0700 Hawaiian Standard Time / 1700 GMT
N 33 36.34  W 160 56.40
COG 000T
SOG 5-5.5 kts
DMG 137 nautical miles
DTG 2393 nautical miles

Wind: ENE 20-25
Pressure: 29.95
Temp: 88F
Sky: overcast with squalls
Seas: 6ft
Sails: double reefed main and stays'l

Well that wasn't one of my favorite nights!  The squalls hit us in a marching line and the wind in the squalls picked up to the high 30s at one point.  We kept the jib rolled all the way in but even with the double reef in the main and the little stays'l out I was about to go forward in the dark to drop the main.  The boat did well and we only took a few rolling waves over the deck.  I stayed in the cockpit again all night just catching cat naps between the squalls.
We should be approaching that high today or tomorrow.  The kids are actually looking forward to running the engine so they can play their XBox.  We've stopped making west now and are pretty much headed due north.  The North Star is right to the starboard of my mast at night just a little bit with the Big Dipper on the port side.  We remember from our passage to Hawaii what it was like to be in a calm for days but we are actually looking forward to a little calm, warm weather right now.  If we can motor across it in about four days I'll be cool with that but I bet it will be too big and we're gonna end up sitting in it for a while twiddling our thumbs.

Oh! We had a visitor yesterday!  A HUGE albatross flew around the boat all day.  He must have had a 9 or 10 ft wing span.  He would just drift on the air currents sometimes dragging his wing tip in the water.  He didn't seem to interested in Wandering Dolphin though, not at all like all the sea birds who try to land on the bow pulpit or even in the cockpit.  Albatross are considered good luck offshore!  I'll take it thank you very much.

The kids all worked on school yesterday.  They have a bit of catch up to do because they took they whole Hawaii time off school.

Thanks to the folks on their boat in Seattle, and also the ones in Vancouver, please send us your contact info.  We would love to meet you and hear your plans for cruising!

Cave,  thanks for the weather and all that news.  We were sad to hear about James Garner.  We watch the "Return to Lonesome Dove" tonight and he plays Woodrow Call in that one.

Steve:  thanks for the weather info and Beck requests news from St Thomas.  She's a little mopey sometimes missing all the folks there.

Jim V.  Not sure you'll get this for a couple of days but drive safe and.... What in the world is Twirl Camp?

I am going to go below now and make some scrambled eggs with bacon bits and cheddar cheese for the family for breakfast.

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Captain Tofer, Rebecca, EmilyAnne, Kanyon, Kaleb, and Benny

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