Aug11 AM Log

Batts 12.70v, 73% charged Position 42*58′N 138*27′W…Hdg 045*m…SOG 7.5 knots…winds 18 kts from 233*m…sea state moderate, trailing and a heck of a lot better than most of the night.
We are 727 nm from the Strait. Made 86 nm since 1800 last night and 177 nm for the past 24 hrs.
Some kind of ugly night. Raining, windy and lumpy. We gybed at 0300 and fired up the engine for 2.5 hours to recoup the amps used by the auto helm that worked very hard for the crew last night. We also ran the watermaker, so the forward tank is full again.
The latest GRIB shows the front departing our neighborhood and reaching winds on port tack the rest of the way to Strait, with things getting pretty light in a day and a half…let’s hope not too light. VALIS is anxious to get home.
Ship traffic continues to be heavy. Closest encounter last night was 2.5 nm across our stern. Right now the Hyundai Tokyo is 30 miles, bearing 309*m, and will cross our bow 6nm ahead of us in about 2 hours.
That is all.
VALIS, out.

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