Underway

Friday, Jan 28, 2022 
Latitude 22o  26’ N
Longitude 21o  08’ W

Halfway to Cabo Verdes


Underway

The night sky is bright with stars not usually visible. Orion shines brighter than ever, yet ironically is more difficult to distinguish due to unfamiliar stars intruding about his belt and shoulders. Brimmer is on watch, and I’ve come below to catch up on my blogging. Today was our fourth day at sea, having left midday Monday. That was a day earlier than originally planned to take advantage of favorable winds.  

The winds have been fair with following seas. While that sounds ideal, it creates a pronounced rolling motion that is tough on the crew.  Burke and Dwight have both been battling sea sickness, with nowhere to go. Burke appears to have recovered, eating a hearty dinner this evening, but Dwight is still struggling with it and spent most of the day in his bunk. 

Since writing the above, we’ve gone through a full watch cycle. At 9 PM I took over Dwight’s shift to allow him time to recuperate but before midnight he emerged from his cabin to reclaim his watch, cheerfully announcing that he was feeling much better, and then proceeded to make himself a ham and cheese sandwich before coming up on deck.  At midnight Burke and Denise took over for three hours, then Brimmer was back for the 3 AM-6 AM shift. At quarter of six I groggily raised my head through the open hatch to see what to wear for my turn just as the crescent moon rose to the east and in time for Brimmer to point out the Southern Cross above our bow. 

Once on watch I ran the engine for 15 minutes to run the engine compressor for the freezer then another 15 to recharge the batteries. Cooling the refrigerator/freezer and charging the batteries have become standard operating procedures at the beginning of each three-hour shift.  The sun rises late, around 8 AM. For the past three days sunrise has been accompanied by Dolphins that come and play around the boat for about 15 minutes and then head off for wherever it is that Dolphins spend the day in the middle of a vast ocean. 

P.S. This is a late entry because XGATE software that we use to transmit e-mails via Iridium started giving an error message “Dialup Failed Error (8).” The Iridium connection appears good, but the handshake with the XGATE software fails. The help file says to contact Pivotel, the software provider, but that is tough to do with no connection. Fortunately, our backup Iridium handheld allowed us to call home, and my wife Kay contacted them on Friday. Not sure what they did on their end, but it is working today, Monday Feb. 1. 

P.P.S. We are now 20 miles off the coast of Cape Verdes. 17 Degrees 22 Minutes North, 24 Degrees 38 Minutes West.  Planning to be anchored before dark. 

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