Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed

Tue Feb 12 19:27 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.1 kts.
knts
Run: 174.9nm (316.6km)
Avg: 7knts
24hr: 168.2nm
12 56.310n 149 09.543e
Weather: many squalls, high winds, mostly sunny, enhanced NE tradewinds 18-33 kts, averaging 24 kts., seas confused 3+m

20190212 0600 UTC, Day 10. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Weather is a bit calmer than yesterday, but it's still blowin'. We sail with a reefed genoa, staysail, trysail during the day, but furl in the genoa during the night. An excellent 146nm day, VMG. 240 nm to go. We're planning landfall on Thursday, 02/14.


Mon Feb 11 18:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.3 kts.
knts
Run: 188.4nm (341km)
Avg: 7.4knts
24hr: 177nm
12 09.888n 151 37.655e
Weather: many squalls, high winds, mostly sunny, enhanced NE tradewinds 18-33 kts, averaging 24 kts., seas confused 3+m

20190211 05 UTC, Day 9. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Big seas and high winds. Wow those large squalls were powerful. We had not put away the double-furled headsail, given the calm weather. That decision, in retrospect, was not great. So with Headsail(double reef) + Stays'l + trys'l, we sailed through the night. When the first squall hit unexpectedly


Sun Feb 10 16:57 2019 NZDT
Speed:
7.4 kts.
knts
Run: 320nm (579.2km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 166.2nm
11 32.106n 154 20.206e
Weather: high winds, mostly sunny, enhanced NE tradewinds 22 -33 kts, averaging 29 kts., seas strong 4m; 2 large squalls 38-43 kts sustained for over an hour each

20190209+10 03:45 UTC, Day 7+8. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Big seas and high winds. Wow those two large squalls were powerful. We had already reduced sails, given that it was night: Stays'l + trys'l. Tumbleweed + Monitor windvane handled the squalls beautifully...we didn't touch a thing during the squalls. On Sunday the weather settled to 22 kts NE. So now, reefed genoa + stays'l + trys'l. 550 nm to go.


Fri Feb 8 18:45 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts.
knts
Run: 191.7nm (347km)
Avg: 7.3knts
24hr: 175.3nm
10 18.500n 158 53.000e
Weather: high winds, mostly sunny, no squalls. NE tradewinds 22 -33 kts, averaging 29 kts., seas strong 3.5+m

20190208 05:30 UTC, Day 6. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Big seas and high winds. We had to put away the reefed genoa, and put up our favorite trysail on the mast, so now just it and staysail are up. Still sailing 6.5+ kts. We are expecting more wind, based on EC and GFS. Our ETA for Saipan is Thursday, Feb. 14. 822 nm to go(just about half way there)


Thu Feb 7 16:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts.
knts
10 0.000n 161 41.000e
Weather: mostly sunny, no squalls. NE tradewinds 18 - 28 kts, averaging 23 kts., seas fully built, 3m

20190207 03:30 UTC, Day 5. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Great sailing conditions continue. We are hitting 150nm-days without much effort. We expect to pickup some free speed as we sail into westward currents at 1 - 1.5 kts. Our ETA for Saipan is Thursday, Feb. 14.


Thu Feb 7 16:30 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts.
knts
10 0.000n 161 41.000e
Weather: mostly sunny, no squalls. NE tradewinds 18 - 28 kts, averaging 23 kts., seas fully built, 3m

20190207 03:30 UTC, Day 5. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Great sailing conditions continue. We are hitting 150nm-days without much effort. We expect to pickup some free speed as we sail into westward currents at 1 - 1.5 kts. Our ETA for Saipan is Thursday, Feb. 14.


Thu Feb 7 16:27 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts.
knts
10 0.000n 161 41.000e
Weather: mostly sunny, no squalls. NE tradewinds 18 - 28 kts, averaging 23 kts., seas fully built, 3m

20190207 03:30 UTC, Day 5. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Great sailing conditions continue. We are hitting 150nm-days without much effort. We expect to pickup some free speed as we sail into westward currents at 1 - 1.5 kts. Our ETA for Saipan is Thursday, Feb. 14.


Thu Feb 7 16:21 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts.
knts
Run: 158.5nm (286.9km)
Avg: 7.2knts
24hr: 173.7nm
10 0.000n 161 41.000e
Weather: mostly sunny, no squalls. NE tradewinds 18 - 28 kts, averaging 23 kts., seas fully built, 3m

20190207 03:30 UTC, Day 5. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Great sailing conditions continue. We are hitting 150nm-days without much effort. We expect to pickup some free speed as we sail into westward currents at 1 - 1.5 kts. Our ETA for Saipan is Thursday, Feb. 14.


Wed Feb 6 18:27 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts.
knts
Run: 287.8nm (520.9km)
Avg: 12.6knts
24hr: 302.9nm
09 12.169n 163 51.810e
Weather: mostly sunny, noon serial squalls. NE tradewinds 18 - 26 kts, averaging 23 kts., seas fully built, 3m

20190206 05:30 UTC, Day 4. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. We are now west of the thick of the Marshall Islands, with the Saipan approach as the next waypoint 1122 nm away. It's a simple straight course we hope the NE tradewinds will help us keep simple. Many squalls near lunchtime. Seas are fiesty. VMG so far is 144 nm/day.


Tue Feb 5 19:39 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts.
knts
Run: 53.6nm (97km)
08 42.400n 168 02.950e
Weather: mostly sunny, no squalls. NE tradewinds 15-25 kts, averaging 21 kts.

20190205 06:30 UTC, Day 3. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. Isn't it superb when crew and yacht and nature align to bring about wonderful sailing? We are on a rhumbline to Saipan, sailing on a broad reach with a reefed headsail and full staysail. We're making 144 nm days (VMG) without effort. Ahhh....


Mon Feb 4 16:39 2019 NZDT
Speed:
6.5 kts.
knts
Run: 200.1nm (362.2km)
08 17.246n 168 42.534e
Weather: mostly sunny, no squalls. NE tradewinds 15-25 kts, averaging 21 kts.

20190204 03:30 UTC, Day 2. Douglas & Morgan, all is well. Outbound Marshall Islands. Inbound Saipan. We are headed for Chichijima, Japan, but first short stops at Saipan and Muag (just a sail through given that it's a protected wildlife habitat). Weather forecast with GFS and ECMWF look good for the next week. More to come...


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