Wind on the Way and Voyaging Coffee (Video)

January 5, 2019

Day 93

Noon Position: 46 25S  45 16E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 7-8

Wind(t/tws): NWxN 22

Sea(t/ft): W5, NW3

Sky: Partly sunny; high cumulus; front to the N

10ths Cloud Cover: 5

Bar(mb): 1015, falling

Cabin Temp(f): 61

Water Temp(f): 44

Relative Humidity(%): 63

Sail: Working jib, two reefs; main, one reef, reaching

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 137

Miles since departure: 12,737

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

Days since Cape Horn: 36

Miles since Cape Horn: 5,093

Avg. Miles/Day: 142

Longitude Degrees Made Good (degrees minutes): 3 19

Longitude Miles Made Good (at Lat 46 30S): 137

Total Longitude Made Good Since Cape Horn (degrees minutes): 112 33

A large low starts to arrive tonight; first thrust will be NW winds to 30-35 between midnight and dawn. Late tomorrow, it will clock into the W phase and just as we make the Crozets, still some 212 miles E.

Winds have been 20 – 24 from NWxN for several hours now, in which Mo is reaching under reefed canvas and happily pushing 8 knots. Much of the time, skies are clear, the water has taken on that sparkling sapphire blue. In the cabin, it’s an unprecedented 64 degrees as I type. And there’s hardly any sea to speak of. Am hoping that holds for the stronger, NW phase of this low as I’d like to keep heading due E as long as possible.

Some Virtual Voyagers have asked about what I eat when not eating Shepherd’s Pie. So, today, I made a short video that discusses the first major food group, coffee…

7 Comments on “Wind on the Way and Voyaging Coffee (Video)

  1. Well Really, Randall !! As a retired Kona coffee farmer, total devotee, roaster, and your friend, we really must have a prolonged heart to heart, and someday, a coffee tasting fest. You and Jo are invited to our home on Whidbey Island for that. Maybe my skepticism will be subdued and I will learn a lot… maybe not. What grind do you use that will fully extract in a few seconds with sub-212 degree water? And at what final temperature is the coffee roasted? Do you experience bloating of the sealed bags due to CO2 offgassing? As always, we eagerly follow along…
    Howard and Stephanie

  2. Glad you like the coffee beans. They are Iolani beans organically dry farmed and hand picked in Captain Cook, Hawaii by John Provax.

  3. My, my, Randall, so many Hawaii connections! We should have a Hawaii end-of-voyage party for you when all is completed! Can you and Jo come???
    aloha, Mary
    P.S Do you listen to music on board much?

  4. Gee can I quickly come over for a cup?! Although a bit shaky, I miss the special pleasure of having a coffee on boat…

    I wish you a safe passage, and that things go well for you!


  5. Hi Randall, your video is watering my mouth 😉

    But a different question – how did you mount the video cam? I noticed it moves slightly as if it tries to keep you in the picture. I have been told there’s no one else aboard except you this must be an interesting gimbal (it moves different than the stove). Maybe you could show a photo?

    Bon voyage, Ernest

  6. How fun! Glad to see you are doing well and in such good spirits. I have been following your voyage with every post. I aim also glad to see the book case is still on the bulkhead and is functioning well despite a rough sea or two… or three!

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