Around The World Voyage : Commentary

December 1, 2001

Current position and speed
Latitude 11' 57 :396 North
Longitude 178' 40 :234 West
Course 236 M
RPMs 1600
Speed over ground 7.2 Knots
Distance run 1287 nm
Distance to go 663 nm

Today the winds are at our back at 16 to 20 knots, the seas are about 8'. Sunny, 87 with a few high clouds.

Each day now we get 3 or 4 line squalls that pass over us. The first show up on the radar in yellow and blue undefined targets. You watch them for awhile on the screen and track their course. As they get close, you put down your book, get up to look behind you, you either see a small cloud with a little rain or a big growler that darkens the sky.

If it's a small cloud, you put your feet back up, grab your drink and try to remember what you were reading. If it's the growler, you quickly run around and close all of the hatches, ports and doors and settle in for 15 to 30 minutes of heavy rain. The wind picks up about 5 to 10 knots, there's the sound of a thousand slabs of bacon frying as the rain pounds down...then its over. You open all of the windows, ports and doors, the boat is clean, the air is fresh, you put your feet up, grab a new drink as you spilled yours trying to get the hatches closed, and you forget about your book as you spend the next hour watching the backside of the storm pass to the west.

"Hey, who won the Rams game today?" Who cares....I got the Growlers on the big screen!

Nice way to spend the day.

Here are today's fuel and range calculations:

Fuel remaining on board 449 gallons
Fuel burned last 24 hours 66 gallons
Distance made good last 24 hours 175 nautical miles
Speed made good last 24 hours 7.3 knots
Distance remaining to destination 663 nautical miles
Remaining range at present speed 1167 nautical miles.

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