Aug10 AM Log

Ahoy VALIS fans…
It’s been a lumpy, rocking and rolling last 12 hours. The winds have been steady in the 25 knot range, but the ocean is anything but steady. Waves this way and that…not big, just confused. Actually more than confused, crazy would be a more apt description. But the boat and the crew are handling things well.
Batts are at 12.45v, 67% charged. Our position is 41*48′N 142*18′W…Heading 023*m…SOG is 7.5 knots with double reefed main and genoa…winds are right now at 22 knots from 141*m. Skies are thinly overcast 80% and temps are very cool. Crew wore foulies, gloves and boots last night.
Rigging news…the genoa sheet loves to get caught under the shroud chain plate on stbd. Last night a ship crossing our stern (by less than 3 miles) asked VALIS to please turn on her running lights because it was hard to get a visual on our masthead light. Well, VALIS doesn’t have it’s temporary bow running light array installed as yet so crew stood on the bow for a few minutes holding the temporary bow light for the 554′ cargo ship, Poavosa Wisdom VIII.
We are 904 nm from the Strait of Juan De Fuca. We made 76 nm since 18:00 last night and 172 nm over the past 24 hours. The new GRIB calls for us to change our heading from 022*m to 048*m…winds remain more or less the same, with a gybe coming in a day or so.
That is all.
VALIS out…

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