Around The World Voyage : Commentary : Leg 4

June 2, 2002

Distance made good last 24 hours- 139 miles
Average speed last 24 hours 5.8
1670 RPM
Fuel burned last 24 hours 74 gallons (including generator @ 6 GPD)
Fuel remaining 315 by sight gauges
Range at current speed with remaining fuel using data from last 24 hours-
592 nm
Distance remaining to Acapulco 420 nm
Course 295m
ER temp 114 F
Outside air temp 82 F

Our progress over the last 24 hours has been disappointing. We have apparently been slowed by two factors. One is a current against us and the other is the motion of the boat in the lumpy seas. The lumpy seas are a result of the succession of squalls, which have passed over us- maybe 15 in the last 24 hours. The last one was 10 miles in diameter (very visible on the radar) and had winds of 30 knots. Each squall leaves its mark on the seas and adds to the confusion. The current is a mystery and shouldn’t be there. I had several e-mail exchanges and a phone conversation with Jim today and his information shows that we should be getting a ½ to ¾ knot favorable current, so we just don’t know what is going on there and hope that it will be turning in our favor soon.

A ship just appeared on the radar 10 miles out and I have put a MARPA mark on it. The ship’s CPA (Closest Point of Approach) is shown to be 3 miles, so it is not too worrisome. For once I am glad that it is a ship and not another squall.

Otherwise, life aboard NORDHAVN is fine and quite routine as we count down the miles to Acapulco. We are all deep in books. Kevin and I are reading the history of the Panama Canal (two copies on board) and Mike is reading the history of John Adams. NORDHAVN continues to be solid as a rock and problem free. As I close this, the wind is 7 knots, the seas are acceptable and the SOGs are improving.

 

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