No sooner had I written the words ‘ I think the fun will start this evening’ in my log yesterday afternoon than the wind suddenly died. We had entered the ITCZ, the doldrums of old. I had to drop all sail as we were sitting stationary and rolling around with sails slapping back and forth … Continue reading INTO THE INTER TROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE (ITCZ)
Last night at sunset the wind started to decrease. First I had to bring down the main, it couldn’t hold the wind and was flogging about as if to self-destruct. Shortly after the staysail came down. I carried on until one in the morning with the jib, but the wind disappeared and the jib finally … Continue reading BECALMED, A 3% CHANCE
A four thirty start this morning to transit Wrangell Narrows. As I cast off from Petersburg it was wet, raining, overcast and misty. The morning has a nice feel to it, very tranquil and the smell of wood smoke from fires on the shore carried across the water. The rain, mist and cloud lasted all … Continue reading SPECTACULAR WRANGELL NARROWS
This morning we departed Sitka after a good 3 night stay. The day started overcast, low cloud and wet from overnight rain. By mid-morning the rain started again and has lasted all day and into the night. The sun didn’t show up today. The wind was from the south so we got a bit of … Continue reading HEADING NORTH, AGAIN
I woke up this morning not feeling too chipper. A blinding headache and lethargy. I had a cup of tea and lay down on the salon settee and slept for another two hours. Last night I cooked up a concoction of pasta, pizza topping and salami (sounds awful but tastes quite good). The salami was … Continue reading PULLED A SICKIE TODAY.
Weather turned out well today, a bit of rain and drizzle in the morning but then it cleared up and I could feel the suns warmth through the clouds. The sun didn’t get to be serious or cast any shadows but it was there in the background, behind the clouds. The forecast wind didn’t arrive … Continue reading A PLEASANT SURPRISE!
I didn’t get much sleep last night. The selected anchorage looked promising on the chart but turned out to be a wind funnel and we were hit with gusts all night. The rain continued all night and into the morning but took a break this afternoon. Its back again tonight. I am on Prince of … Continue reading PRINCE OF WHALES ISLAND
I woke up this morning and it was still pouring with rain, damp and cold. No hurry this morning and no point in getting out of a warm bed so I rolled over for another hour kip. When making tea this morning I got a drip of water on the head, there is a small leak on … Continue reading PRINCE RUPERT – THIRTY YEARS ON
We caught the tide up Grenville Channel this afternoon from Lowe Inlet where we passed a comfortable night at anchor. We anchored just inside the entrance to the inlet on a bank and I expected to be disturbed by the wash from passing ships, but it was all peaceful. I have only seen two cruise … Continue reading GRENVILLE CHANNEL – CONTINUED
The forecast for today is North Westerly Gales. We stayed put in the anchorage and had a nice relaxed day doing cleaning, maintenance, cooking and some splicing. There is always something to do on a boat and the time flew by. The sun came out and was nice and warm for a couple of hours … Continue reading WAITING ON WEATHER