|22 Jan 2011|
|0715||Departed George Town, Great Exuma.
All up w/ 130% Genoa. Boat Speed: 6kts
Wind 240° at 15kts
Genny might be too much. Hand-steering downwind.
|1130||Dropped Genny for turn south on the bank. After turn wind 240° @ 16kts|
|1200||Spot rpt. Will send each day at noon if possible. Started engine for run west|
|1324||Angle of heel important on depth sounder: Before tack: 7.9, After tack: 8.2|
|1530||Made turn at West Comer. Wind: W @ 15, 2' chop. Secured engine. G:5.8 kts.
Set Harvey (Aries steering vane). Poured last of this morning's coffee. Sat back w/book after checking the charts ref the point I would be coming off banks into deep water.
|1649||Un-hanked the 130% genny and stowed it below. Hanked-on the Yankee Jib.
I was thinking as I kneeled on the bowsprit, "This is the most dangerous thing I do on Galena." Speed down to 3.5 kts. Wind well forward of the beam. Thinking of shaking out the reef in the main. But it will be dark soon. And there's that cold front coming at about midnight. Anyway, speed up to this point has been over 6-kts so a little slower here is OK.
|1724||Galena's speed down to 2+ kts. Shook out the reef (little help).
Raised Yankee Jib. Now 5-kts
|1800||145° @ 5-kts 23° 10.7'N 075° 22.5'W|
|2000||Dropped jib. Lightening to port and astern. Speed 3.2|
|2100||Lightening close astern
Running double-reefed main plus staysail
156° @ 4-kts 23° 02.3'N 075° 16.7 W Wind:210°@20+
|2220||Heavy rain as cold front approaches. Wind seems to be shifting SW to W
|23 Jan 2011|
|0230|| 185° @ 4-kts 22° 45.18'N 075° 11.2'W
Really bad squall. Big wind shift. North now winds 25-30
Hand-steering flor last 30-min. Wind just to port of astern. Galena trying to round up.
Cold front is definitely here.
|0637||160° @ 5-kts 22° 26.9'N 075° 07.9'W
Seas high and breaking (6-9 ft) Wind NE @ 10
Cloudy; squally; cold
|1856||150° @ 4-kts 22° 16.6'N 075° 00.5'W
seas down a bit. sky clearing. Wind clocking NE to E
|1340||Double-reefed main. firstname.lastname@example.org
Blustery with overcast sky. seas 4-5'
|1939||150° @ 4-kts 21° 31.8'N 074° 32.3'W
|24 Jan 2011|
|0045||175° @ 4-kts 21° 15.8'N 074° 30.3'W
Strange: winds up, seas down, warmer
|0328||160° @ 5-kts 21° 05.8'N 074° 24.7'W
wind higher, seas are back to 'huge'
|0630||20° 55.4'N 074° 18.6'W|
|0740||Chris Parker (8104kHz): "Deteriorating conditions through Wednesday night"
|0900||Rolled up the bimini. it was going to rip in this high wind.
Discovered my inflatable vest had inflatted when I shipped a big wave.
Also discovered that I'm feeling just a touch of sea-sickness.
Water on the floor in main cabin. probably coming from leaking scuppers.
Wind down just a bit.
|1030||Shook out both reefs.|
|1200||Rigging failure: staysail fell to deck. The halyard shieve shackle broke.
Have to go aloft to fix it. Not now. Raised yankee.
|1400||reefed so I could turn downwind into the Windward Passage.|
|1700||190° @ 5.1-kts 20° 07.7'N 074° 03.1'W|
|2100||210° @ 5.5-kts 19° 57.1'N 074° 05.6'W
Sky clear, seas moderate
Galena riding smoothly with 1 reef + yankee
|25 Jan 2011|
|0015||220° @ 6.2-kts 19° 39.3'N 074° 11.3'W
3-times tonight the AIS alarm got me up. One time I tried to call the ship on DSC but he didn't answer (although I got the ACK signal).
|0240||240° @ 6.7-kts 19° 16.4'N 074° 25.9'W
Is there a southerly current here? I'm surfing down waves at 8-kts.
|0430||204° @ 6.2-kts 19° 16.4'N 074° 25.9'W
gentle but fast downwind sail
Seas < 10ft
Beautiful, restfull night. best of trip so far.
|1000||Used a 'spare' headsail halyard to raise the staysail.
It doesn't lead fair so I didn't tighten the luff too much.
170° @ 5-kts 18° 46.9'N 074° 37.9'W
Winds 120@10, Seas < 3ft, Temp 82
My hips are painfully bruised where I contually bump against the nav station table
Trying to round the SW corner of Haiti. Wind and boat speed way down. 20nm till I clear the headland. Galena's speed 3.3
|1050||2.8kts. lots of Haitian fishing boats about.
little more than one-man canoes with huge sails
|1100||2.5 kts. wind 1.5 - 4 kts|
|1200||356nm down, 500nm to go|
|1300||No wind. 4'swells from both NE and S.
I think they are rounding up from around the tip of Haiti and mixing with those from the Windward Passage. Very rough ride but no boat speed. Firing up the engine to get out of here.
|1400||Swells are quite significant and mostly on the beam.|
|1440||Secured engine (Eng:2490 hrs)|
|1550||212° @ 4.1-kts 18° 28.1'N 074° 43.5'W|
|1900||Dropped jib. Eased the main a bit.
Still 5 kts but a much better ride
Still very rough. Don't like it!
5 more days of THIS?!
|2300||Double-reefed main. Galena is riding much better now.|
|26 Jan 2011|
|0100||Starting to worry about current and trades pushing me too far west to make cartagena.
now Right of course 3.4nm with 443 to go speed 3.2kts
Right 5.5nm 427nm to go
If I dont' make Catagena, my fuel situation become important. I didn't top off when I left Bahamas. I'm counting on fueling up in Cartagena.
|0700||Jib up. R5.2|
|0740||R4.2 422 to next wp|
|0750||170° @ 5.5-kts 17° 26.3'N 074° 55.2'W|
|0945||170° @ 5.5-kts 17° 17.6'N 074° 52.0'W|
|1000||Pounding way too much. Pulled Harvey a notch to right to fall off a bit.
Squalls all around me.
Left of course 1.4nm with 411nm to next wp
speed 6kts with all up
|1015||gave Harvey another click to right and eased jib sheets a bit|
|1100||L 3.5/402 to next
More stbd on Harvey. Wind 12-15 going to SE
|Noon||450 trip/ 408 to go
all up winds light ENE
|1220||Jib down in a sudden blow|
|1450||Wind uup and down. Afraid to raise the jib as it will have to come down in 20-min. But 3-kts of boat speed hurts.
L 4.6 396 to next
180° @ 4.5-kts 16° 58.4'N 074° 49.6'W
Boarding waves took out my sea curtains. I heard a hssss sound and didn't know what it was. In the morning I looked into the cockpit and saw that my auto-inflate harness had dones it's thing. I re-armed it and repacked it.
Watched a DVD ("The Proposal")
|1830||I may be in more constant air flows now. Main and stay up -- nice ride for last few hourse. Took down the Bimini; too much cross wind. Tinking about reinforcing the edges with cord.|
|2330||Harvey another click to stbd.
L 8.3/354nm to next
|27 Jan 2011|
|0225||170° @ 4.7-kts 16° 04.5'N 074° 48.2'W
Wind E @ 20-23
a bit windy but nice ride
Slept 2.5 hrs straight. No sail change. No AIS, Just bounching along
H one click stbd
|0430||AIS - CPA 1.1nm Called DSC Got an ACK but wouldn't talk to me|
|0815||Squalls all around me. Looks to be rough day|
|0915||L 13.9 // 302 to go
Serious squalls with heavy rain high winds. Wind seems to backing a bit. Gray skies make the the sea look black in the morning
|1015||190° @ 6-kts 15° 10.5'N 074° 51.5'W
Squall after squall all morning.
10' seas winds 20-30kts all on the beam.
Talked on 14,300 just to hear another voice.
|1800||180° @ 4-kts 14° 37.9'N 074° 55.5'W|
|2045||180° @ 5.5-kts 14° 23.5'N 074° 55.3'W|
|28 Jan 2011|
|0630||Slept very very well. seas down, wind down, still rocking as I sail broad to wind.
Time to start planning arrival times. Do I have to slow down? and when do I do that? Can't speed up.
Dropped staysail. just a double-reefed main
|0930||Drifting west more than I would like.
Trying to turn east without crashing into waves.
Speed down to 3.8kts
hardened up the main.
|1130||Wind has gone SE again
Starting to use that "L12" I had banked
|1150||Yep, going to windward yet again
Only 160nm to go and the wind clocks to the bow.
|Noon||L12.9 163 to next|
|1230||Wind clocking E again
Gave Harvey a couple clicks
Galena was pounding hard. That fixed it.
|1245||Lost saysail. 5 hanks gone. and a tear along the leech.|
|1800||190° @ 6.5-kts 12° 33.8'N 074° 12.4'W|
|1935||wing 25kts 2 reefs and jib. Surfing at over 8kts|
|2100||gusty. but down a bit
100 miles to go
|29 Jan 2011|
|0030||Took a very big wave over deck
wind 25kts East
|0730||Flying fish all over the deck. Some have been there a while.
They are clogging up the scuppers
|0820||Accidental gybe in 30kts. Not fun.|
|0930||another huge boarding wave. I have to seal the main hatch to keep the waves out|
|30 Jan 2011|
|Last day out was just a long day.|