Half Way!

January 23, 2019

Day 111

Noon Position: 45 58S  111 52E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): SExE 6

Wind(t/tws): NWxW 15 – 20

Sea(t/ft): W 5

Sky: Layered stratus and altostratus

10ths Cloud Cover: 10

Bar(mb): 1014

Cabin Temp(f): 59

Water Temp(f): 46

Relative Humidity(%): 66

Sail: Twins poled out full.

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 143

Miles since departure: 15 526

Avg. Miles/Day: 140

Days since Cape Horn: 54

Miles since Cape Horn: 7,892

Avg. Miles/Day: 146

Longitude Degrees Made Good (degrees minutes): 3 23

Total Longitude Made Good Since Cape Horn (degrees minutes): 179 09

Avg. Long./Day: 3.32

Today’s news is that by early evening, Mo and I will have crossed half the meridians between Cape Horn and an east-about course ending in Cape Horn again, this just as we begin to dip under western Australia.

Notice, above, total longitude made good of 179 degrees and 9 minutes as of noon; that leaves 51 minutes (roughly 35 miles at latitude 46S) to 180 degrees, or half the degrees in a circle. Which is what Mo and I are doing…going around a big circle.

So, half way took 54 days.

It’s impossible not to count those days forward. Distane to Go (DTG) to Stewart Island, south of New Zealand’s South Island is 2,303 miles; at 145 miles a day, 16 days. From there to Cape Horn is 5,185 or another 36 days. So, that math says 52 days to a Cape Horn return.

But those are rhumb line distances, and sailboats don’t know from straight lines. By way of example, to get half way, we’ve sailed 7,892 miles. But if we’d sailed cleanly along 46S, our mileage would have been 7,502. That’s a 5% overshoot, a penalty for following wind and waves. My experience is that a 10%, even a 15% overshoot is common.

But let’s add just 5%. That makes DTG 7,488 + 374 = 7,862 / 145 = an estimated 54 days yet to go to Cape Horn.

Oh, right. We’re half way!

Big weather comes in on Thursday and continues through the end of the week. Let’s hope it’s go fast weather, not slow down weather. Right now, it looks like that could go either way.

8 Comments on “Half Way!

  1. Is that a tattered OCC burgee up on the spreader flag halyard? Glad to see you’re still representing. But can’t imagine you’re getting much recognition from traffic these days. Maybe from other flying fish?

  2. Congratulations! As I singlehander myself I am learning so much from your posts on better way to do things. Two questions: on that last picture, what is that contraption on the foreground. That’s on either side of the mast? Second: if you have lead acid batteries, do you worry about excessive sulfation from always being on trickle charge and not doing a regular equalizing charge?

  3. You are amazing. Still keeping you in my prayers for a fun journey and safe return. Keep it up, Randall the Explorer!!

  4. Congratulations on reaching s the 1/2 way point! I’ll be watching with interest the rest of the journey!!

  5. This is very exciting news!! Congrats Randall. Love reading your posts. Stay safe!

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