"Egret" N4674 - Scott and Mary Flanders
Ed. note: On February 10, 2011, Scott and Mary Flanders, on board their Nordhavn 46, Egret, arrived in the Canary Islands. In doing so, Egret became the eighth Nordhavn to circumnavigate the globe. It had been four years, five months since the couple departed Gran Canaria, intent on seeing as much of the earth as possible, although not necessarily with an end goal to circle the globe. Voyage of Egret documents the Flanders’ entire trip, an endless adventure that has put them in touch with the most fabulous places and interesting people. Much route planning and forecasting was required in order to get to some of their ports of call. But the days of detailed planning are over…for now. “Egret” is now back in Fort Lauderdale, the place the couple called home for so many years, and, ironically, the starting point of their world wide cruising escapade that began with the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally in 2004. They currently travel hither and yon, sometimes by boat, sometimes not. Here, the latest update from the Flanders as they keep us continually apprised.
October 21, 2006
After Egret's arrival, being assigned a berth in Bahia Marina, Salvador,
Brazil, then visiting various FRIENDLY and accommodating authorities, we
felt Egret had finally arrived. We celebrated that evening with pizza and a
couple beers. Master Angler Steve said he hasn't been without a beer for
our twenty days at sea since he was sixteen. Poor boy was dried out.
Our first impressions of Brazil are:
People are friendly.
There are too many cars.
This is a poor country for the masses but trying hard to modernize.
The working civil servants are treated with respect. The outside workers
such as motorcycle police and a fellow today using a weed eater alongside a
highway would make an OSHA calendar for their safety gear.
There is sad poverty.
Prices for domestically grown or produced goods are cheap.
Prices for anything imported are obscene.
We saw a fleet of working dugout canoes.
The mall (called 'shopping' here where the locals go to see and be seen)
could be anywhere in the world. Modern and clean.
Egret arrived Salvador with a fuel reserve of just 55 gallons (5.5% reserve)
not including our deck fuel. We are very disappointed in our fuel flow
meter after having it correct in the 708 nm trip from Gibraltar to Grand
Canaria. We will calibrate it again before we leave. This is a perfect
example of the safety of the usable day tank Egret does not enjoy as
standard with the new designs. Unless the seas are relatively calm it is
difficult to accurately gauge Egret's fuel with the sight gauges. With the
centerline, relatively shallow front to back, but tall day tank of the new
boats this is a simple procedure. This said, Egret could have very easily
NOT sped up at the half-way point and arrived with considerably more fuel.
We only had to go faster in rougher weather to keep the stabilizers happy.
We saw Voyage of Egret on the nordhavn.com website today for the first time.
Wow!!! The pictures on the Mediterranean section took us right back. The
200 or so pictures that didn't make the cut were as good. You need to go
and take your own pictures! Google Earth is amazing. Egret's last Daily
Position Report was Oct 19th on arrival in Salvador. We mentioned we sent
that log anchored off the marina waiting for the marina staff to arrive.
Where the green pointer showed Egret's location (zoom down with the slide
bar on the left) is EXACTLY where Egret was anchored. AMAZING!!! Wait
until we are anchored among the islands south of Rio then zoom down on that
and so on. What a trip this is going to be.
Mary and I have decided at the last minute to fly to Ft. Lauderdale leaving
Brazil Sun, 22d Oct. Of course we will visit the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show
(Oct 26-30) leaving the following Sunday. With our upcoming trip to Chile
and beyond we cannot plan even to the month where we will be wand hen
because of weather unknowns until later in the austral summer (Mar, Apr).
We will visit family and friends during this frantic week. Perhaps we'll
see you at the show.
Master Angler Steve will be taking care of our little fiberglass home and working on his cotton mouth.
October 19, 2006
Position: S12 58.54 W38 31.17 (anchored off Bahia Marina, Salvadore, Brazil, waiting for them to open.) distance traveled - 22 hrs - 15 min
137.2, Fuel burned 31.27, NM from La Gomera, Canary Islands 2804.76 NM,
distance from Gibraltar 3613.23 NM
We made it, mi amigos!!! No major problems that were not able to be fixed
underway and a routine passage under power alone in a small private
motorboat. The Egret crew is well rested, well fed AND has a freezer full
of fresh fish in addition to the rest. We have 1/2 of a lemon left,
potatoes, 2 tomatoes, the last apple two days ago and kiwi two days before
that. All is well. Champagne is in the freezer, Q flag is flying...the
adventure begins. Thank you for joining the Egret crew in our personal
voyage of discovery. More to follow...
October 18, 2006
Position: S11 48.56 W36 55.65 Course 245 degrees M, average speed at various rpms trying to slow - 5.7 knots, fuel burned 39.22 Gal, fuel burn
1.63 GPH, MPH 3.50, Seas 3-4' SE, apparent wind 7.5 knots SE, nautical miles
to go 106.9 + jogging ofshore before a daybreak entrance into the bay, NM
from Gibraltar 3476.04, NM from La Gomera, Canary Islands 2667.56 NM
The seas have moved behind Egret giving her a final downhill ride to her
destination. Tomorrow's Daily Position Report will be a numerical wrap up
of the voyage but will be brief with all the goings on ashore. This will
end the daily logs until Egret is under way again. While ashore Egret will
send reports on a more random basis passing on our impressions and
Mary has done it AGAIN!! She put the boys to shame after their best efforts
for 17 days. On the 18th day she picked up the rod and caught the largest
fish of the trip, a fat 35-lb dolphin (mahi mahi). All Master Angler Steve
did right was run the boat. All I did right was marry her 37 years, 323
days ago. The freezer is ALMOST packed. (Steve went back and squeezed all
the air out of the zip lock's to make it 'almost packed') We boys have one
more day to save face. We are close enough now, IF we catch another fish,
what won't fit into the freezer we can give to other cruisers.
Well, mi amigos, we boys tried to stoop low and cheat. Since writing the
words above we put two worms (baits) out to give it a last try. Within three
minutes we had a double on dolphin. One jumped off as Master Angler Steve
was fighting thru the fog getting out of bed after his four hour watch. He
reeled in the second, a nice little 8-9 pounder. This is exactly what size
we needed to fill the freezer. Did we keep it? Nope, back it went to try
again as boys will. Ten minutes later we boys doubled on fifteen pounders
filling the freezer AND the fridge. Unknown cruisers tomorrow will be very
happy to meet the Egret crew when they arrive with bags of fresh dolphin
fillets. Mary is champion!!!! The rods are cleaned and put away. The boys
couldn't be happier. Note: One fish had a fresh marlin strike on
its side. Can you imagine a real long range fishing boat pulling large
baits to discourage the dolphin and fish for the BIG guys? (BIG guy =
marlin big enough to eat a 15-lb dolphin whole...marlin have no teeth so all
food must be eaten whole.)
Tomorrow will a big day for the Egret crew after 20 days at sea. Landfall
at Bahia de Salvadore, Brazil. Egret's routine is so simple, her crew so
well adjusted, the fishing so good AND we have the fuel to push on to Rio
BUT we have to land somewhere. Salvadore is smaller and less complicated
than Rio. We don't do complicated any more. Gave it up with ties and
button down collars. Life is simple now. Salvadore has an international
airport. There is a slight possibility we will be flying to Ft. Lauderdale
for parts, family visits and of course the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show.
Egret's voyage to Brazil from the Canary Islands was really nothing special.
It was simply different. We met a sailboater in Barcelona who has made this
trip one way or another to Salvadore seven times in the past. Nothing
special. What IS different is small passagemakers like Egret are routinely
crossing oceans in SAFETY and COMFORT visiting far off places at will. Very
few sailboats come to grief crossing oceans however even the largest of them
do not enjoy the comfort of a modern passagemaker. We met them continually
on the docks and anchorages here and there in the Med. One woman with a
very expensive sixty three foot gold plater said she was tired of living at
12 degrees (of heel) while on passage. Can you imagine walking around your
house for 20 days tilted 12 degrees, living in a cave, standing watch
OUTSIDE, AND paying two million bucks?? Nope, not this kid.
Our generation of modern fiberglass Nordhavn passagemakers started with the
Sinks' 46' Nordhavn's circumnavigation. The Sinks were followed by others
at a trickle. In May 2004, PAE (Nordhavn folks) led a group of 18
passagemakers across the Atlantic making a very bold statement. That group
has enjoyed memories for a lifetime. Perhaps you have read some of their
words as each of them spread their personal wings and flew. At the same
time another group of individual Nordhavns were making their way across the
Pacific meeting here and there along the way. Anyone reading these words
has read time and time again the bonding between cruisers. Egret's personal
experience with the NAR group has formed lifelong friends. More and more,
these small fiberglass ships are leaving their coastal cruising destinations
with each new spring (the best time for crossing the Atlantic or Pacific).
These first groups are on the leading edge of a wave of passagemakers that
someday a Canary Island to Brazil, So Calif to the Marquesas, etc will be
viewed as routine, as it IS routine. Can you imagine the future you new
Nordhavn owners have to look forward to after putting in your requisite
learning miles? How about the folks with boats on order or who will order
in the future? We will have a mushrooming group of like-minded people
living simple lives on their COMFORTABLE boats around the world as only
sailboaters enjoyed before. The future is very bright for us all.
October 17, 2006 - Weather forecast
This is Egret's final weather report before arrival. As you can see it is
similar to what we have been experiencing off and on during our voyage from
La Gomera, Canary Islands. Bob's weather has been spot on as usual. We
would like to thank him for that and particularly for a short e-mail on a
SUNDAY telling us not to worry about the rain showers we were experiencing
(and were experiencing) that it was not the leading edge of a tropical wave
coming off the African coast. We would highly recommend Bob's services to
all as was recommended to Egret by two fellow Nordhavn owners.
To: Captain Scott - M/Y EGRET 1
1130GMT 17 OCT 2006
Tks/yr posn reports.
Latest observations indicate winds ranging ESE-ENE 12-18kts from your
present location to arrival.
Weak high pressure just south of your location near 25S35W will
dissipate later today as a weather front to the south/west attempts to
push north/east, but is not expected to move north of 20S/lat prior to
A broader area of high pressure ridging is expected to persist across
the south Atlantic waters which will keep maintain the mostly ESE-ENE
wind/sea direction until arrival.
Along your intended route, expect:
Tue/17: ESE-E, tending more ENE at times. 12-16kts, upto 18kts at times. Waves 3-5ft. Swells; ESE 4-6ft, 11-13sec. Partly cloudy.
Wed/18: E-ENE 12-16kt, upto 18-20kts at times. 3-5ft, upto 6ft at times. Swells ESE 5-7ft 10-12sec. May mix with a secondary SSE swells toward Wed/eve-night. Partly cloudy.
Thur/19-arrival: ENE-NE 10-16kts, waves 3-5ft. Winds could become more NE-NNE prior to arrival Thur/pm.
This will likely be our last update prior to arrival. However, we will continue to watch and update if there is a significant change. Please keep us advised of your departure plans and we will update prior to departure.
October 17, 2006
Position: S10 07.87 W35 21.79, Course 245 degrees M, average speed (we
varied speed up and down according to the seas trying to slow for a
daybreak approach to Salvadore) 6.4 knots, fuel burned 41.65 gallons, fuel
burn 1.73 GPH, MPG 3.71, Seas 3-4' SSE, apparent wind 6.7 knots SSE,
nautical miles to go 243.79, nm from Gibraltar 3338.28
Egret is in the Brazil Current sweeping her south. It appears at this
point we will have to jog offshore just a bit in order to make a daylight
landing in Salvadore, Brazil the morning of the 19th (and our grandson's
first birthday). We are now on our final approach waypoint landing us
offshore and east of the bay as recommended by the cruising guide.
Yesterday we caught a nice fat dolphin of 20lbs and soooo for dinner last
night and for lunch today we had/will have fried dolphin with six full meals
in the freezer. Boat issues. While making water we found on a routine
engine room check a low pressure water maker hose with a pinhole leak
spraying sea water. Fortunately there was no damage and was fixed in short
order with everything getting a fresh water bath after. Engine room checks
are a once-an-hour ritual 24 hours a day for the Egret crew.
Egret uses 15-40 Shell Rotella T engine oil for the main, wing, generator
and stabilizers making oil inventory simple. In Europe Shell Rotella T is
named Rimula, packaged in 20 liter pails (approx 5 1/4 gal) available at the
Shell fuel dock in Gibraltar (best price) and elsewhere in every
Mediterranean rim country. We used our last Stateside 5-gallon pail of oil
in Barcelona preparing for the trip to Gibraltar. In Barcelona we bought 9
- 20ltr pails of Rimula against the slight possible chance Gibraltar would
not have enough paying more but guaranteeing our supply to New Zealand. If
you haven't guessed already we are VERY picky about oil for our little
lady's beating heart of Egret. We changed oil in Gibraltar and again in La
Gomera, Canary Islands, our last port before the leap to Brazil.
From Barcelona we placed a call to Dick Gee, VP and Technical Director of
Lugger/Northern Lights asking about our approximate 480 hour voyage from the
Canaries to Brazil to ask about changing oil. (Egret's normal oil change
interval is 200 hours) We had made our mind up NOT to change oil mid ocean
unless there were strong objections from Dick. Dick's reply was very
adamant, underscored and capitalized. DO NOT STOP MID OCEAN AND CHANGE
OIL!!!!! THIS is what we wanted to hear officially. Egret's little engine
has never missed a beat, ever, but if after a mid-ocean oil change we turned
the key and she didn't light up things would be VERY bad.
We changed oil in the gear as well. We also bought straight 30 weight
Rimula for the cold weather in Chile to be changed at that time. Egret's
gear has an over and under temperature dictating oil viscosity, either
straight 40 weight or straight 30 weight. The plate on the gear gives the
temps so by using your infra red temperature gun it is a simple task to
determine viscosity. For gear oil changes we use a small rotary gear pump
from Reverso, # GP301-12, the same manufacture who provides the oil change
system for the main, etc, to PAE.
One small trick we did was to put battery clips on one end of 25' of 14-2
electrical wire. Hooked in line on the other end of the wire's positive
side is a 10 amp circuit breaker with an on/off switch. From there we added
a short pigtail with bullet connectors (female connector on positive - male
connector on negative). To this we attach either our Reverso gear oil
changing pump or the Jabsco Water Puppy pump we use to clean and wash the
fuel tanks. Now we have a single extension cord clipping to the nearest 12V
power source serving two pumps with on/off switching at the pump.
October 16, 2006
Position: S07 57.91 W33 58.15 Course 228 degrees M, average speed at 1600
RPM - 4 hours at 1550 RPM 6.9 knots, Fuel burned 58.93 gal, fuel burn 2.45
GPH, MPG 2.80, Seas 4-6' with chop SSE - SSW, apparent wind 13.6 knots SSE,
396.9 nm to go, 3183.41 nm from Gibraltar
More of the same with the seas becoming more confused but subsiding a bit.
(Enough to put the baits back out). In timing our arrival in Salvadore at
the current speed we would arrive at midnight GMT or so. We have slowed 50
RPMs, the most we can to slow down and be comfortable, but with the current
picking up as we near the coast slowing will be difficult unless the seas
lay down as predicted. If not we will cruise back and forth north of our
landing well offshore then enter the following morning.
This trek has gone by so smoothly and quickly it is hard to believe just a
bit ago Mary and I were fueling in Gibraltar to begin our longest trek to
date and 20,000 nm adventure. This is the second longest single span of
ocean we should have to cross, perhaps ever. Next year's trek from the
Galapagos to the Marquesas is about 200 NM further.
If you read and reread our words over time, between the lines you will see a
clear picture of a lifestyle of adventure we, very average people, are
enjoying. There is no reason you cannot as well. It all begins with a
first step. Perhaps these words are the first step. Next one's on you.
Today we'll mention a few diverse subjects as Egret's trip winds down and
these subjects are fresh in mind.
Windshield glass. This trip has produced very little windshield spray
compared to some trips but as the wind increases we do get spray on the
glass. The past two days there has been at times heavier spray coating the
glass with salt. Now we will make a statement those of you without raked
backed windshields won't understand. We have NEVER used our windshield
wipers. We have installed two sets of wiper blades as they deteriorated
JUST to keep them from sticking on the glass. Mary regularly puts three
coats of Rain X on the glass before any long trip and keeps two coats on all
during the cruising season. At night with the radar, autopilot light, and
wind speed light dimmed we can see quite well through the windshield glass
even with salt. We turn off all other instrument lights, change the
navigation laptop to night mode THEN cover it with a heavy towel so there is
NO light. During heavier weather the windshield is constantly washed with
seawater so the glass stays clear. In light spray such as this trip we use
our salt water wash down hose to rinse the glass of cake salt then squeegee
the remaining water off. This is an every two or three day process if it is
safe to do so. As an aside we have no dirt accumulation on the glass nor
the extreme south Florida heat transfer as we did on our previous
Sleeping under way in a mid ship stateroom. This is very different than a
traditional forward stateroom boat. It is COMFORTABLE. Egret came with a
four inch foam mattress that was not uncomfortable but not good enough.
There are several stores in Ft Lauderdale (our home) specializing in
mattresses for boats. They have powder coated coil spring mattresses that
look good on paper and is what we intended to buy. Expensive, but it
doesn't matter for something so important. Their showroom have all their
mattresses lined up for demo. What we ended up buying and having custom
fitted was a seven inch thick foam mattress of different layered density's
of foam with no coil springs. Mary and I are light weight so for us it was
far and away the most comfortable. A further treat was it cost much less.
It is difficult to describe motion underway however the best description we
can think of is like sleeping on a water bed with a restless other half.
There are wave like undulations in the mattress. With beam seas there is an
occasional lurch, as if they got up, plus the sometimes slap of water
against the hull. All this soon becomes common as if living on a busy
street. On a passage after the first or second day sleep is not a problem
not because you are so tired but simply because you have acclimated to the
Salon door underway. An open salon door underway can be a cooling friend or
your worst nightmare. When running down sea or in no wind we leave Egret's
salon door open. When running into the wind, particularly if it is choppy
we SHOULD close the salon door and most times do. What happens is when the
boat runs up sea the cockpit is under some negative pressure like a car has
the 'station wagon effect'. Now, with the the boat pitching and slapping
the swim platform in the water (Egret's platform is external, new designs
are integral with less spray) it sends up a fine spray. A portion of this
migrates to the cockpit and into the salon coating everything with a fine
salt patina. This will eventually take its toll on electronic gizmo's and
such. Mary and I are not particularly sensitive to heat so we have kept the
salon door closed running up sea. With our melting Midwesterner crew member
we have kept the door open during the day so we have the salt issue. The
new designs with dutch doors help quite a bit by keeping the bottom portion
closed, Egret's are sliding. If we owned a Nordhavn 55 or larger we would
have a second small generator installed to run a zone or two of air to
COMPLETELY eliminate the running up sea problem. The cure for salt mist is
a fresh water and vinegar wipe down.
October 14, 2006
Position: S03 08.80 W31 33.89, Course 227 degrees M, distance traveled160.0 NM, average speed at 1450 RPM's (at 0445 we increased speed to 1500
RPM to counter building seas) 6.7 knots, fuel burned 44.83 gallons, fuel
burn 1.86 GPH, MPG 3.58, swells 5-9' with chop and light spray SSE, apparent
wind 17.9 knots SE, NM to go 716.3, NM from Gibraltar 2861.64
The wind and seas have been building since early morning. The seas are
moving more toward the beam giving Egret more motion but is not
uncomfortable. You now need close hand holds to move around. No problem
aboard Egret. Master Angler Steve's filleted and released tunny was an
unexpected treat. With red meat like a bonito we didn't have much
expectations for anything other than a source of fresh tuna salad. Mary
fried the tunny tenderloins. They were great!! Steve said they tasted like
veal cutlets. They had no strong tuna taste like the few Med tuna we caught
and were much better than the blackfin tuna we used to catch in the Fla
We thought we would pass along a fishing tip on fighting large fish from
your Nordhavn in rough seas making it easier, taking less time and less apt
of a mishap. Egret trolls one or two below surface baits trying to
discourage billfish from biting and encourage the pelagic fish we like to
catch for food, mahi mahi, tuna and wahoo. (Surface baits are attractants
for billfish and the others as well except for tuna but particularly
Our attitude is, if they bite fine, if not fine. The oceans we have
traveled and read about will provide plenty of fish over the miles.
Sport fishermen are designed to catch fish. They have a deep forefoot and
are flat aft. They can spin on the forefoot keeping square to the fish and
are more stable 'dead boat' than your traditional round bilge voyager. In
large seas such as the other day when Steve caught his tunny going 'dead
boat' in Egret would have been a disaster. Something we learned years ago
tarpon fishing in South Florida is to fight 'half' the fish. Keep pulling
on the same side of the fish. A good example is if given a set of dumbbells
and told to curl the weight with one arm until you are tired you would do
just that THEN switch to the other arm to rest the first and so on. Fish
are no different. When a large fish first hits a trolled bait and makes its
first run there is absolutely nothing you can do to stop it until the fish
stops to aerate (catch its breath) and swims back and forth regenerating
energy for its second run. On the fish's first run leave the rod in the
holder. It is a better fisherman at that point than you are and you will
conserve your energy as the fish expends theirs.
Now, here is the big tip. Put your boat into a fairly large circle keeping
the fishing line 45 degrees to the transom and start a turn to port or
starboard. Here the fish fights the line drag and the angler can recover
line without fighting the fish. As the angler recovers line tighten the
circle but keep turning in the same direction fighting HALF the fish. Soon
the line will be out of sight meaning the fish is somewhere directly behind
and close to the boat. By now the fish is whipped from fighting the line
drag, not the rod and angler, and will be happy to be brought gently to the
back of the boat for landing. Tuna after their first run typically go deep,
spread their pectoral fins as diving planes making them very difficult to
pry to the surface. By circling you 'screw' them to the surface going in
circles vs trying to muscle them topside.
Bill fish are an exception to this at times. Sometimes a bill fish will be
'hot' and burn its energy greyhounding away from the boat or jumping
repeatedly again burning its energy. These fish when calmed down can be
circled as well, particularly after their first run.
So there you have it. Let your thin semi circle of line do your work for
you. You will have maintained enough speed circling for your stabilizers to
work. For the non believers in this practice try this test. Attach nothing
to your line. Let out 500' of line directly behind the boat at
cruising/trolling speed. Have your mate put the boat in a wide circle.
Now, reel in the line tough guy. You'll see. Tight lines, mi amigos.
October 14, 2006
Iridium (Egret's e-mail sattelite phone) reception has been getting worse
during this past week but have been getting a consistent 0730 and a
1200-1300 service so far. Today, Oct. 14, we have had no service since the
noon report. Reading a RCC cruising guide dated 2002 said there is no
Iridium coverage in the S Atlantic. So if you don't receive any e-mail's it
is for that reason. We won't sink on the way. Will take this one step at a
October 12, 2006 - Weather forecast
The latest weather forecast from OMNI Bob. This forecast shows increasing
swells but no real weather. Egret rides up and down the sea swells like a
duck. Occasionally we get a slap from the chop on top with a little light
spray. To date on the entire trip there has been no heavy spray on the
windshield glass. There is rain all around Egret with an overcast sky. The
pilothouse temp is 83 degrees. We are only 1.5 degrees from the equator.
Amazing. We are hoping for a nice fresh water rinse.
To: Captain Scott - M/Y EGRET 1
0807GMT 12 OCT 2006
Latest satellite imagery you are well south of the Equatorial Trough
and clear skies prevail from your location nearing the Equator south
across 05S/lat and the coast of Brazil.
The prevailing weather pattern will be high pressure ridging across
the S/Atlantic with a stationary ridge extending toward 15S 40W.
Little overall change is expected in this ridge through Fri/am, then
it should be as a reinforcing high ridge approaches from the
south/west. This high cell will re-establish the high ridge pattern
and allow for gradually increasing SE-E wind/sea and swells during the
mid to later part of the period. In addition, a weather front that
moves north/east ahead of the high center should extending NW across
25S 40W thru Oct 15-16 before it finally weakens to a trough and
dissipate by late Oct 16. As it does, the winds may tend to back to a
more ENE-NE direction along the coast of Brazil south of 05S/lat toward
10S lat during Oct 16-18.
Along your intended route, expect:
Thu/12: ESE-SSE 12-20kt. Waves 5-7ft. Swells SE-ESE 5-7ft (10-12sec),
with a long, secondary SSW-S swell 4-6ft (12-14sec). Skies Clear.
Fri/13: SE-ESE 12-20kt. Waves 4-6ft, upto 7ft early. Swells ESE &
SSE 6-8ft, 11-13sec. Clear.
Sat/14: Ease ESE 12-18kts. Waves 4-6ft, tending closer to 3-5ft at times.
Swells ease a bit SSE-SE 5-7ft 11-13sec. Clear.
Sun/15: ESE-E 12-18kts. Waves 3-5ft. Swells SSE-SE 5-7ft, upto 8ft late.
9-11sec. Clear to partly cloudy.
Mon/16: ESE-E, chance more ENE during the pm/hrs; 12-18kts, freshen
15-21kts by the pm/hrs. 4-6ft, upto 7ft pm/hrs. Swells: Build SSE-SE
We will continue to watch daily. Updating every 2-3 days, unless
there are changes or otherwise advised.
October 12, 2006
Position: N01 31.86 W29 14.36 Course 224 degrees M, Distance traveled
151.9 nm, average speed at 1450 RPM's 6.3 knots, fuel burned 39.0 gallons,
fuel burn 1.62GPH, MPG 3.89, swells 4-8' SSW with chop on top, apparent wind
14.0 knots, nm to go 1029.6, nm from Gibraltar 2548.2
The past 24 hours were much the same as the day before. Egret is running
into sea swells from the SSE with a little chop on top. Egret rides over
these swells like a duck. We may not be able to serve afternoon tea with a
silver set balanced on five fingers with scones in the other tray but it is
Very late this evening or very early tomorrow am Egret will cross the
EQUATOR. This is a first for the Egret crew and Steve as well. We will
break Egret's dry ship while underway tradition and pop the bubbly. This is
a big milestone for Egret. We are happy to share this with you.
Yesterday afternoon Master Angler Steve hooked and fought to the transom a
very small (25lbs est) marlin. Like any frisky child it didn't have the
power to fight the 40lb tackle but did its best by shaking its head trying
to free its self. Fortunately it did get free right at the transom. We DO
NOT kill billfish aboard Egret. With small fish that can't use up all their
energy during a prolonged fight this means grabbing its wildly thrashing
bill with a wet towel (a billfish's bill is rough like a rasp so immediately
gets tangled in a wet towel) to hold it still enough to remove the hook and
set it free. Larger billfish are actually easier but take much longer to
Boat issues. Now for the biggie!!! Usually biggies are VERY unwelcome bits
of information about the demise of this or that. This biggie is REALLY good
news. After struggling with the water maker high pressure pump - taking it
apart again and again to the same result - we finally put down the manual
with its words of wisdom and reassembled the high pressure valves by
intuition. With the high pressure hose wrapped in four towels (the last HP
hose burst near the inverter - REAL bad potential there) and held in one
hand we cranked that puppy up n' letterrip. Well, mi amigos, we were making
WATER!!! Twenty five gallons of wonderful RO water an hour! Bamboo shoots
under the fingernails of the laddie who gave the Egret crew a manual that
was 'close to' what pump we have. We were actually thinking about flying to
Ft. Lauderdale to get a complete spare pump head and leaving this one for a
rebuild. Of course we would have timed the flight to arrive during the Ft.
Lauderdale Boat Show later this month. Now all is well for the Egret crew
EXCEPT for Egret's dripping, seeping, weeping stabilizer gyro. Just think,
only two more oil top offs and Egret will be in Brazil. Any of you ordering
new boats do yourself a BIG favor and order electronic stabilizers, not
Egret's dinosaur. (In fact, order two and send one to Brazil c/o M/Y
October 11, 2006
Position: N03 49.42 W28 08.78, Course 222 degrees M, Distance traveled
143.9nm, Average speed at 1450 RPM's 6.0 knots, fuel burned 45.79 gal, fuel
burn 1.9 GPH, MPG 3.14, seas 4-8' SSW swells with chop, apparent wind 14.0
SSW, 1181.1nm, distance from Gibraltar 2396.7nm.
The opposing current is fading a bit with Egret picking up speed. The wind
speed has ranged from 14-22 knots. The fairly spaced swells with chop on
top have Egret hobby horsing but is not uncomfortable. There are NO boat
issues to report. Master angler Steve caught and released a small tuna
before dark. All is well. Now for our feature story.
This is a sea tale about fellow NAR participant, Teri Strickland. The
metamorphosis of Teri Strickland has been a 2 1/2 year work in progress.
This is being written first to congratulate Teri on her new degree and
secondly to give hope and inspiration to every man whose wife DOES NOT want
to go to sea and conversely the wives who have inspired their HUSBANDS to go
to sea. We met two such couples during our Med cruise where the wife
insisted they buy a boat and go cruising and of course the men are now
Teri and her husband Scott bought their beautiful new Nordhavn 47, Strickly
for Fun, three years or so ago and immediately cruised to the Pacific North
West from Southern California. When the NAR was announced the timing
couldn't have been worse to have a boat in the PNW. Leaving the PNW in Feb
they pounded their way south, down to Mexico getting killed by storms in the
Gulf of Teuhantepec, south to the Panama Canal, took a breather in the San
Juans, fought the northerly 'Christmas Winds' north up the Thorny Path to
Isla Mujeres, Mexico and of course getting mauled on the way to Key West.
Teri made most of the trip. Teri got terribly seasick. Teri and Scott are
from Minn ee sooooo tah, home of walleye boats and stable ground.
Teri arrived in Ft Lauderdale for the start of the NAR excited about the
adventure but NOT looking forward to more of the above. Fast forward to
late June 04. Teri made the Atlantic crossing fulfilling her husband's
dream, had gotten sick, BUT stuck it out. That accomplishment no one can
ever take away from her. She DID it. Now however, anyone showing any
enthusiasm or encouragement around her husband got the SQUINTY EYES.
Daggers, if you will. This was not HER deal. So it went. We wintered that
year in Barcelona together. The following season a Nordhavn group met that
July in Rome. Grey Pearl, Strickly and Egret spent three days in Venice
having a great time. Later we met on Italy's Amalfi Coast, Sicily and again
in Malta. The miles are piling up. Teri, in spite of herself, is talking
boat talk. The next year the group wintered together in Marmaris, Turkey.
Teri and Scott kept up their heavy entertainment schedule this year with
boat guests. The miles and boat routine are getting comfortable for Teri.
THEN IT HAPPENED!! We got a friendly e-mail from Teri describing their
crossing of the Golfe du Lion in France where they got mauled again, as
Egret did, but she only got sick once. (Teri calls it her PAE diet.) You
could see Teri blossoming through words. This goes on until her last e-mail
from Gibraltar where she was describing helping Scott in the engine room
work on some water pump going on about heli coils and such. This is from
our Teri, aka Squinty Eyes toward the Egret crew, devils of enthusiasm. The
e-mail was signed, Love you, Teri.
Soooo, we would like to acknowledge Teri's metamorphosis in nautical terms,
from snow bird to a beautiful sea bird. Teri has now joined the group of
SSD's, Salty Sea Dogs. She and Scott will spend part of this winter in the
Caribbean aboard Strickly for Fun. SFF is now preparing for a fall crossing
to the Caribbean. They plan to join the Nordhavn group being put together
by NAR participant Ken Williams for a spring 08 Pacific crossing.
rtwcruising.com Congratulations Teri.
October 10, 2006
Position: N05 57.70 W27 03.87, Course 224 degrees M, Distance Traveled 124.4nm, Average speed at 1450RPM's 5.2 knnots, Fuel burned 47.7 Gallons,
fuel burn 1.98 GPH, MPG 2.60, seas 4-6' swells with chop on top SSE,
Apparent wind 18.8 SSE, NM to go 1321.7, NM from Gibraltar 2252.2
Egret is pushing her way through a wind blown chop on top of swells from the
SSE with the same opposing current as yesterday. Last evening continuing
through this morning the wind has ranged from 16-22 knots with periods of
rain. Egret is handling it well but this means you can't come into the
pilothouse with a cup of coffee in each hand as before. (Mary's words) For
dinner last night we ate some beans that had soaked all day in sea water
instead of the usual fresh. If you remember, the water maker no workee so
we're trying to conserve. Well, my dirt dwelling friends, unless you are
lucky enough to be at sea like some NAR buddies and others, if we died today
in 2000 years we would appear the same. Preserved with salt.
Boat issues. Starting after the 0500-0900 watch there came a banging noise
from somewhere. Usually that is a jar overturned in the cupboard rolling
back and forth. The way we are provisioned that isn't going to happen.
Soon we found the noise coming from the chain locker. We have three anchor
snubbers made up and hanging on pegs so we thought that was it. After
daylight the seas laid down a bit so we went forward to take care of the
problem but found instead the heavy shackle attached to the bow towing eye
just above the waterline loose. (This is pre connected to the parachute
anchor for deployment) A quick tightening of the line took care of that.
Now the biggie. Why does there have to be a biggie????? At around 0300
Steve woke me and said the stabilizer low oil light is on. Steve had
already shut off the unit. Egret's gyro to oil tower gasket leaks 1 1/2
pints of oil a week under way. This is after five gasket changes. Perhaps
we should weld it shut. Quickly checking that the assembly of catch basins
and oil diapers underneath the oil tower didn't show THAT much oil loss.
The leak was under the master berth. There is a blue anodized aluminum cap
sealed with an o-ring covering a little dealie that adjusts the fin
alignment. THAT little dealie has an 0-ring that is leaking. This happened
before but on a much smaller scale. My call to the stabilizer rep ended
with the fix as "tighten the cap then see if the leak gets any worse" or
something very close. This is like finding the bath tub leaking and
caulking the bathroom door to fix the problem. The door leaked. With the
door re caulked, nailed shut (safety wired) the oil reservoir refilled, and
numerous half hour fluid level checks later all is well.
Please don't get me wrong. We love our stabilizers. They work 99.99% of
the time. They perform a very large and important function. Comfort and
safety. We just wish they would perform like our wonderful little Lugger.
Tomorrow we shall highlight fellow NAR participant and graduate SSD, Salty
Sea Dog, Teri Strickland.
October 9, 2006
Position: N07 47.36 W26 03.75, Course 223 degrees, distance traveled
125.4nm, average speed at 1350 RPM 5.2 knots, fuel burned 42.71 gal, fuel
burn 1.77 GPH, MPG 2.93, seas 4-6' variable swells, apparent wind 4.7 knots,
nm to go 1446.6, nm from Gibraltar 2126.7
First you will notice our drastic reduction in nm traveled in the past 24
hours along with the average speed. Also notice the good GPH vs the
terrible MPG. MPG is everything!! We are fighting a strong head current
plus the little wind there has been is on the bow. We lifted the paravane
arms this morning to reduce windage when it was blowing a little more than
reported. (We always report the conditions as of 1200GMT. During the
course of the previous 24 hours quite often there are many changes in wind
direction, seas, etc. The daily averages are all that matter.) In the past
24 hours Egret reached a milestone of having traveled 2000nm from Gibraltar.
During this 24 hours Egret will reach another...half way from La Gomera,
Canary Islands to our landfall in Bahia de Salvadore, Brazil. To treat our
selves we have increased RPMs to 1450. Because of conservation and our
additional deck fuel we could run at any speed we wished. We did not need
the deck fuel at all or even close but this is Egret's first really long
push. Being safety conscious we added deck fuel for insurance.
Currently we have been traveling for three hours in a gentle soaking rain.
In another half hour or so we enter another. Fortunately there is no wind
or lightning. Yesterday we were surrounded by rain but unfortunately all
missed us. Yesterday we received a short e-mail from OMNI Weather Bob
warning us about the rain with the message this was not part of a tropical
disturbance moving off the African coast. This was on a Sunday. Great
Until yesterday our mechanical issues were Steve's stateroom fan shedding
half a blade. Spare blade installed Steve was back in business. Because
of the high ambient temperatures and corresponding high engine room temps we
have been running a second engine room 12V blower. Yesterday afternoon both
quit. Knowing the life span of these 12V units Egret carries spares. We
have 2 new ones plus one we had new brushes installed in Turkey in a third.
Unfortunately Turkish brushes are soft so that one will run from 1-200
hours. In Brazil hopefully we can stock up on brushes. One new blower is
installed. Steve is going to try to take the brushes from both failed units
and make one that will run hopefully another 200-300 hours.
Now for the biggie. We decided to make water and do laundry before we
transferred the approximate 1000 lbs. of fuel from the bow bladder tank to
the port internal tank. This would sink the generator exhaust again for a
couple of days until the fuel load lightened. (This is an anomaly of the 46
plus our extremely heavy provisioning load on the port side.) I fired up
the water maker and Mary started the first load of laundry. The water maker
high pressure hose was hammering, not usual, however I thought perhaps it
was bleeding off air or something else. Other than the hammering all seemed
well with excellent flow, 25gph, and water quality. Nervous, I kept
checking the unit. Within less than an hour the high pressure hose had
blown. Egret has a single length of high pressure hose in spares along with
new compression sleeves so within a short time all was back together. We
fired up the water maker again but soon shut it down. We have no more spare
hose. So...out came the troubleshooting section of the Matrix brochure.
Hammering is either poor water flow or a broken valve spring. The water
flow is 40 lbs. at the inlet filter and roaring out the discharge thru hull.
Later today I will disassemble the pump head and will probably find a broken
spring. NO SPARES. I was told "this will run forever" when I asked about
spares. We'll see. Flying parts into Brazil is probably next to impossible
but it has to happen. We sent an e-mail to the marina in Bahia asking if we
can send small parts in care of M/Y Egret with no reply of yet. We'll just
send them anyway and fight it out later.
Bottom line: Egret has 90 gallons of water for 9 days. Raritan Atlantes
heads are fresh water flush but have a dry flush feature for this purpose.
Just lift the toggle instead of tapping it down. We now have buckets of
seawater in both showers for flushing. Not a problem but no long cool
showers for 9 days.
October 8, 2006
Position: N09 37.60 W25 02.70 Course 222 degrees, distrance traveled
147.0nm, average speed at 1350 RPM 6.1 knots, fuel burned 41.97 Gal, fuel
burn 1.74 GPH, 3.50 MPG, confused 4-6' swells from SW & SSE (gentle),
apparent wind 3.1 knots SSE, 1869.8nm to go, 2002.25nm from Gibraltar.
It has been another easy 24 hours for the Egret crew. There have been two
milestones: single digits from the equator and just past 2000nm from
Gibraltar where Egret started her trek to NZ. We are currently surrounded
by rain squalls, one with lightning. We have a spare gps in the microwave
along with two laptops. As soon as this message is sent the Iridium phone
will join them.
October 7, 2006
Position: N11 52.34 W23 58.51, Course 216 degrees M., distance traveled 153.4nm, average speed at 1350 RPM 6.4 knots, fuel burned 40.49 gallons, GPH
1.68, MPG 3.78, Seas 6' swells ENE, Apparent wind 3.9 ENE, NM to go 1722.8,
distance from Gibraltar 1853.79nm
Egret has been enjoying downhill (down sea) sailing with a mild push from
the wind. Egret is riding gently up and down with mild sea swells passing
under. Yesterday late afternoon the flying fish were so thick when we
pushed large schools into the air it sounded like rain. Never in my many
years of fishing offshore have I seen that once to that degree, much less
every 20 minutes or so. Mary's watch (2100-0100) had the moon rise full and
bright. Steve's watch (0100-0500) was dolphin watch with 1 1/2 hours of a
dolphin escort, Scott's watch (0500-0900) saw the moon set and sunrise.
As Egret nears the equator the air temperature is rising. In the afternoon
it was 92 degrees in the pilot house. The fuel bladder on the foredeck is
keeping the hatches closed. Tomorrow we will empty it. Today we do laundry
and make water while the generator exhaust is well above water and it is
relatively calm. Our Colorado via Minn crew buddy Steve is melting. His
tears are rotting our new Turkish carpets. His new best friend is the ice
maker. He has kept it running 24-7. What is going to happen in 11.48
degrees??? Big E baby. We may have to troll Steve to keep him cool. Oh
Yesterday I was asked by a good friend via e-mail "what is a bounce"? A
bounce is simply an Egretism for rough water. Major bounce is described
with details. Egret has never been in what we consider a major bounce. The
next few months lends itself to that possibility. We'll see......
October 5, 2006
Position: N16 24.42 W22 04.74 Course 200 degrees, distance traveled
148.2, average speed at 1350 RPM 6.2 knots, fuel burned 41.97 Gal, fuel burn
1.74 GPH, MPG 3.53, seas 3' ESE, apparent wind 8.2 knots ESE, NM to go
2014.7, distance from Gibraltar 1558.79
You may notice a course change from our usual 209 degrees. At breakfast
this morning Steve hooked a billfish on the left long bait that was pulling
major drag in a big hurry. Unfortunately the eye of the hook straightened
(not welded as usual) & that was that. We have been in constant flying fish
for three days so where there is food, bigger critters follow. Mary picked
out a seamount slightly off course 40 miles ahead so with fishing fever we
have changed course to give it a try. Seamounts are natrual attractants
throughout every ocean. As ocean currents swirl around the seamount it
consolidates the bait drawing the big guys. At 24 miles out we'll take the
radar to 24 miles. If there are local Cape Verde boats fishing the seamount
we'll give it a pass. This isn't the States. We'll see.
OMNI Bob has been calling the weather right on and it has been beautiful.
Last night was a full moon lighting up the flyers as they scatter away from
the boat. That and the sunrise this morning were outstanding.
The flying fish we had for lunch yesterday were not a dissapointment. They
had a very mild white meat (no fishy taste at all) with a crispy fried
batter shell. That and a fresh fruit salad made a tasty and healthy lunch.
Life is very good aboard M/Y Egret. Now if the fish will snap all will be
Some minutes later...
Master angler Steve just caught and released a once in five lifetime
billfish. (Yes we have movies plus stills.) Steve caught and released
alive an approximate 12lb Spearfish. This is a long, thin, short-billed
fish with a soft dorsal fin raised in the front lowering to a ribbon-like
fin to the tail. The color is a brilliant blue with greens and a mother of
pearl like radiance. It is probably the most beautiful fish I have ever
seen. It ate the most unsophisticated bait in the world, a blue and pink
octopus skirt with a 1 oz sinker slid inside. This is a sinking bait as the
bait the very much larger billfish we lost this morning ate. If we wanted
to catch billfish we would put out surface baits. This is amazing. The
cruising guide said the area between the Cape Verdes and Africa is one of
the best fishing areas in the world. The Cape Verde island of Boavista is
32 miles due west of Egret and Senegal, Africa is 325 miles due east.
This is a perfect case for the new Nordhavn expedition fishing boat. You
simply can't get here without huge range. There are no support facilities.
Can you imagine fishing these areas littered with sea mounts for a couple of
weeks in route from the Maderia blue marlin bite to Brazil for their season?
Wild, wild!! (Sorry, I'm reverting back to my fishing days.)
October 4, 2006
Position report: N18 43.02 W21 10.77, Course 209 degrees, distance
traveled 140.7nm, average speed *see note below 5.9 knots, fuel burned 43.67
gal, fuel burn 1.81 GPH, MPG 3.22, 3-4' N swells, apparent wind 4.6 knots N,
2610nm to go, 1410.77 nm from Gibraltar.
Yesterday afternoon we transferred the 89.5 gallons of fuel in the cockpit
bladder into the port tank. Later the wind pick up clocking more to the
port side (ENE). The stabilizers were taking a beating from the low rpm so
at 2030 we added 100 rpm (from 1350 to 1450) that settled things down. At
0030 this morning Mary reduced rpms to 1400 with declining seas and at 0500
Steve went back to 1350 rpms. We have had a many hour head current plus the
inefficiency of somewhat rough water giving us the decline in distance
traveled and GPM average for the past 24 hours.
Let me take the time here to make an important point. You see I am
stressing MPG. This is assuming you know the distance to travel and have
pre-planned sufficient fuel with a strong reserve. This also assumes you
have a way to accurately measure your fuel remaining at all times. I
personally don't believe in electric gauges. In the boats we used to build,
electric gauges were a fairy tale but was all we could install. I believe
in sight gauges, shrouded sight gauges. They never lie. GPH/speed is
figured at no wind/no current with a modest load. In real life cruising
there is a bottom-bottom line for efficiency and performance, MPG. These
figures are only good for the past 24 hours and perhaps a little ahead in
similar stable weather. MPG is infinitely variable because of rpm, gph,
wind, wave direction and height, current, boat weight, just to mention a
few. The balance is curiosity and math.
Speed is up a bit now at 6.4 knots with little wind or waves (both are
favorable so if this current will reverse or go away we'll be rockin'.)
We'll see. In the big picture it doesn't really matter. We'll get there
when we get there.
Early this morning was flying fish night on my watch (0500-0900). I
collected about 10 good sized flyers and one monster. They are resting in a
zip lock in the fridge for today's lunch. Capt Scott is going to dip them
in milk and egg then tumble them in a zip lock with a batter of 50-50 Ritz
type crackers and flour. A quick fry in hot-hot olive oil should do the
trick. We'll see. This is a first for the Egret crew. If Capt (Lucky)
Jack Aubrey can do it shouldn't we?
In this great weather we put out two worms to drag and hopefully catch a
yellowfin tuna, wahoo or mahi mahi. More to follow...
October 3, 2006 - Weather forecast
OMNI Bob's forecasts are right on or very close. This is the latest.
Latest satellite imagery indicates some clouds with showers between the
Canary-Cape Verde Islands with no disturbances moving off the W/Africa
coast. The Equatorial trough has weakened with only a few isolated weak to
mod thunderstorms along the trough axis.
The low pressure area to your north/west is beginning to weaken and should
continue to do so during the next 24-48hrs. As it does, high pressure to the
north will begin to build which will gradually enhance the NE-ENE winds and
swells thru Oct 5th. This building high ridge pattern will also help keep
the equatorial trough weaker reducing the risk of strong disturbances from
moving off the coast of Africa.
The overall weather pattern remain good along your intended route, expect:
Tue/03: NE-NNE 12-20kt, WNW-NW swells subsiding 3-5ft to 2-4ft thru tonight.
ENE to NE sea/swells build from 3-5ft to 4-6ft, period 8-10sec thru tonight.
Wed/04: NNE-NE 12-20kts, NNE-NE 5-7ft with low WNW-NW swells.
Thur/05: NE-NNE 12-20kt early. Easing some NNE-ENE 10-16kts. Waves 3-5ft,
ease 2-4ft. Swells: NE-ENE 5-7ft, beginning to mix with long/low SE swells
Fri/06: Range ENE-E-ESE 10-18kt (variable wind direction at times): Waves
2-4ft, occ 5ft. Swells: Mixed NE-ENE & long SE-ESE 4-6ft.
Sat/07: Veer ENE-ESE to SE 10-16kts thru the night. Winds may still be
variable at times. Waves, 2-4ft. Swells mixed NE & SE 5-7ft.
We will continue to watch daily. Updating every 2-3 days, unless there are
changes or otherwise advised. B/Rgds, Bob/OMNI
October 3, 2006
Position: N20 54.99 W20 18.01, Course 209 degrees, distance traveled
156.6nm, average speed 6.5 knots at 1350RPM, fuel burned 41.92 gal, fuel
burn 1.74 GPH, 3.735 MPG, 8-9' swells NNE, apparent wind 17.7 NNE, 2302 nm
to go, distance from Gibraltar 1289.8
Egret has had a great downhill run in 8-9' swells boosting our average speed
and giving us our best daily run yet. The seas are now moving around a
little off the port stern quarter giving us an occasional 'corkscrew twist'.
Lets hope it doesn't keep clocking. This is where the electronic
stabilizers really shine vs Egret's gyro triggered units. The electronic
pulse is much faster than hydraulic so the fins have to move less to do the
same job. On the corkscrew motions Egret's fins are hitting the stops in
both directions occasionally. We have upgraded to the biggest useable pump
( flow - 7 GPM) but with all this weight and very low RPM not giving the
actuators the flow they need it is a problem. If it really gets bad we can
speed up giving more fluid flow to the actuators and more water over the
keel and fins which should cure the problem. We have been banking fuel but
this early in the trip I hate to break into our little reserve nest
(anything better than 3 MPG is gravy.) Math: 2800 mile trip divided by 3
MPG = 933.33 gallons. Egret carries 1000 gallons in her tanks plus a
conservative guess of 230 gallons in deck fuel. This said we don't know
what contrary wind and currents we may run into along the way. We also
have the option to reduce RPM even more near the equator where it is calm
and bank more fuel. We'll see.
A little after daybreak we lowered the paravane arms only (no birds in the
water) to give us a boost from the additional windage. True winds, not
apparent (we don't have a gps hooked up to our anemonmeter) because they are
almost from directly behind so guessable have been averaging between 25-30
knots. Later this afternoon we will transfer the 89.5 gal from the cockpit
bladder into the port tank. All 46s with full fuel are heavy on the port
side much less with the huge amount of food stores we have on that side.
(New models don't have this issue.) With the NNE wind propping up the port
side and predicted from the same direction for at least another 24 hours, it
is a no brainer decision. The real biggie is if an emergency arose in the
lazarette with 650+ lbs of fuel covering the hatch. We would have to slash
the bladder to dump the fuel in a hurry. Sooooo, empty the bladder it is.
Last night was the moon lighting the ocean, dolphins on Mary's watch and
kamakazi flying fish landing on deck during Steve's watch. Early on I
rescued one and threw him back...hope it made it. Oh yes, we had a
mechanical disaster last night. Steve's fan in his stateroom shed half its
blade. It sounded like driving a car on square tires. Mary figured it out
first and shut it off. (Steve was on watch) We put on our last spare blade
this morning but still have a complete unit in spares.
Would you believe we are 195nm due west of Nouadhibou, Mauritania on
Africa's west coast?
Mary is fixing lunch so the boys are happy. All is well with the Egret
October 2, 2006
Today's report is much the same as yesterday. Dolphin kept Steve company on his night watch. We have a half moon illuminanating the ocean and dimming the millions of stars until very early in the AM. Only one ship passed all
night (2nm distance on Mary's watch) All is well, ho hum. (Perhaps we
should wait another 17 days to say ho hum.)
Position: N2312.54 W19 21.23, course 209 degrees, distance traveled
145.13nm, average speed 6.2 knots at 1350 RPM, fuel burned 41.87 gal, fuel
burn 1.74 GPH, 3.466 MPG, 3' swells from E with long 4-5' swell from the NW,
6.9 knots apparent wind E, 2437.42nm to go. (1114 nm from Gibraltar) (Let's
see, 3294.9nm at 294 degrees from Ft Lauderdale with only the Bahamas in the
way........naaaa, bigger fish to fry.)
Speaking of fish, we saw a group of birds this morning just after daybreak
so we dropped a worm in the water to see what bites. We'll see.
October 1, 2006 - Weather forecast
Weak high pressure ridging lays SSW across the Canary Islands toward
22N 18W, which is producing locally variable winds. The ridge should
persist today, which could keep the winds more variable, tending more
ENE-ESE at times. Latest satellite imagery indicates clear skies from
the Canary Islands to the Cape Verde Islands. There are no
disturbances moving off the W/Africa coast and the Equatorial trough
is further south now with some showers/thunderstorms within 180nm of the
trough axis at 07N-08N.
Low pressure developing along a cold front to the north/west will
continue thru today and Monday. As it does, a more WNW-NNW swells
pattern is expected to develop. The swells could mix with lingering,
subsiding northerly swells thru Monday. A tightening thermal trough
pattern over western Africa, building high pressure over the eastern
Atlantic and the weakening low center will result in fresh NE winds by
late Monday and continuing thru Thur. Easier wind/seas tend to develop
nearing south/10N lat.
Along your intended route, expect:
Sun/01: N-NNE 05-10kt to ENE-Variable at times. Waves 2-3ft. Swells become NNW & WNW 7-9ft through the day. Some secondary lower ENE swells may linger this morning.
Mon/02: NE-ENE 07-15kts, waves 3-4ft. Swells: WNW & NNW 7-9ft. Winds
freshen NE-NNE 12-20kt, waves 4-6ft late in the day. ENE-NE swells building 3-5ft by pm/hrs.
Tue/03: NE-NNE 15-22kt, WNW-NW swells subsiding 3-5ft while NNE-NE sea/swells 5-8ft thru day.
Wed/04: Mostly NNE-NE 17-22kts, NNE-NE 6-8ft with low NW swells.
Thur/05: NE-NNE 17-25kt, gusty at times. NNE-NE 7-9ft. Winds tend to ease/back NNE-NNW 12-18kts NNE 6-8ft toward Thur/night.
We will continue to watch and update later today or Mon by 1200GMT if there are significant changes. Otherwise we will update every 2-3 days, unless otherwise advised.
October 1, 2006
The past 26.25 hours since leaving La Gomera, Canary Islands have been
outstanding. We have had mild seas with a high average speed considering
our very heavy load this early in the trip. These calculations are based on
26.25 hours since departure on Saturday morning. The balance will be based
on 24 hours, 1200-1200 GMT.
Our Flowscan fuel flow meter totalizer was 6% under from actual fuel taken
aboard after the short run from Las Palmas to La Gomera. This was not a
very accurate test as being that short of a run. On the long run from
Gibraltar the totalizer was accurate however due to the low rpm on the short
hop and being conservative in estimating we will add 6% to the Floscan total
until we can prove differently with Egret's sight gauges.
Today's figures: Position N25 36.62 W 18 19.43, course 209 degrees,
distance traveled 161.45nm, average speed 6.2 knots at 1350 RPM, fuel burned
45 gal (26.25 hours), fuel burn 1.71 GPH, 3.587 MPG, Three foot swell from
the E (slightly forward of the port beam), 12.5 knots apparent wind.
2596.1nm to go. All systems are performing perfectly. The Egret crew is happy, rested and well fed.