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At Sea: No Wind

June 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Wind died yesterday lunch time after we had had a lovely pink spinnaker run.  Motored all night but now there are signs of a sailing breeze.

Passed a number of milestones – 1/4 the way from Galapagos to Marquesas; pass the 10,000 miles for the trip so far from Scotland and Giselle has passed the 50,000 mark.

There were no clouds last night so we got out the computer with the star programme stellarium.  Pinned down canus major with Sirius and Centaurius above the southern cross.  We see Jupiter later at night but we no longer see Venus as it is already dawn.  Stellarium shows that Uranus is on a line between the two.  Too faint to see but always a talking point in our family since the discoverer of Uranus – William Herschel in 1781 – is an ancestor on my mother’s side.  He wanted to call it George but was overruled!

Lost the current for a while as you can see GPS and LOg nearly the same.

Position: -4.727,-103.093 at 07:00 local, 14:00 BST
24hr run: 139 miles by GPS, 134.6 miles through water.
2164 miles to Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands. ETA at 5 knots: 13:45 GMT 23rd June
Wind: None Sea: smooth with SSW swell 2m SE well 1.5m
Sky:  40% cloud cover

Tags: At Sea · Pacific Leg