A Bering Sea Blow

September 17, 2019

Days at Sea: 286
Days Since Departure: 352

Noon Position: 62 16N  167 36W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SxW 7
Wind(t/tws): ENE 30
Sea(t/ft): ENE 10
Sky/10ths Cover: Overcast 10
Bar(mb): 1005, falling fast (995.5 by 8pm)
On-deck Temp(f): N/A. thermometer broken.
Cabin Temp(f): 54
Water Temp(f): 48
Relative Humidity(%): 58
Magnetic Variation: 8.4

Sail: Working jib rolled up by half; broad reach.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 146
Miles since departure: 36,342

I rode the twin headsails all night and Mo burned up the road. But by dawn, wind had veered too far into the E to hold them longer. I doused the poles before coffee and while the sky was still red at the margins and only then noticed wind was already well over 20 knots. Even with half a jib, we were fast.

That’s been the configuration all day–a double rolled jib pulling at the bow and Monte holding sway over the tiller at the stern.

With the masthead anemometer out of commission, I can’t tell you exactly the day’s wind speeds. From experience, I can say that 30 – 35 knots with higher gusts would fit the seas and the sail configuration.

The seas, however, are of the stocky, stand-up variety (except when I try to get them on camera), and there is the feeling of randomness about them. Working through is more like shooting rapids than maneuvering in a gale at sea. Not too surprising as the seas haven’t really room to move, room to mature. The water hasn’t been any more than 80 feet deep all day.

Mo is doing well. Monte is pulling with heart. But the skipper is uneasy. The barometer just goes down and down…

3 Comments on “A Bering Sea Blow

  1. Hey Randall, I sent a message to a friend who’s skipper of American No.1, and told him to look out for you. He said he could see you on AIS. They are fishing in the area. His name is TJ, and he owns a Beaker 55 that he sails when he’s not fishing. He said he’d be in Dutch in 5 days or so – probably just a little late for you depending on the weather. Good luck.

  2. Randall, you got the scent of the barn in your bow, and MO just wants to kick up and get home!!! Fast ride, home sooner. But hang on and be very careful!!! We are all cheering you on!!! But even we will be happier when that ole wind gets settled down and the barometer starts to rise!!

  3. Wow, that first picture is extraordinarily beautiful! Looks to me y’all are going uphill though…

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