Aug14 AM Log

We are rocking here on VALIS. Not so much forward as up and down. We are beating against a really confused ocean. Waves from every direction. Speed is not so hot, but it’s better than if we tried to motor.
We are now 178 nm from the Strait and 242 nm from Friday Harbor.
Batts @ 12.35v, 58% charged…engine goes on at 0700 for charging and maybe motoring if our speed thru water goes below 5 knots.
Our position is 46*46′N 128*22′W…Hdg 031*m, COG 040*m…SOG 5.9 knots…sea state very lumpy.
It’s been a challenge last 12 hours for the crew…one eye on shifty wind direction the other on trim while trying to keep the boat moving as close to the preferred course as possible. We lost a little of our northing, but we are still in good shape.
Kudos to Jim and especially the racers, Sylvain and Erik for tweaking things to maximize VALIS’ close hauled performance. Not VALIS favorite point of sail. But she’s learning ;-)
And a big attaboy to Jim for giving #3 and extra half-hour of shut eye. Hobby-horsing in the V-birth is good for nothing except maybe mixing martinis provided you like them shaken, not stirred.
That is all.
VALIS, out.

One Response to

  1. Anne says:

    Way to go, Mr. Jim!! So close guys! It is just around the corner now! Looking forward to seeing you soon!

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