Wood Chips, Fish Scales and Rotators

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Fri 21 Jan 2011 19:41

Noon Position: 14 44.5 S 118 33.0 W
Course: 285 Speed: 6.5 Knots
Wind: East F3-4 Gentle to Moderate breeze
Weather: Overcast, warm
Day’s Run: 131 miles


this soul hath been
Alone on a wide wide sea:
So lonely 'twas, that God himself
Scarce seeméd there to be.


Today's highlight was washing the decks down, getting rid of all the wood chips from out of the cockpit created in making the rotator for the log, and also washing the fish scales off the foredeck from all the flying fish that land on deck overnight.

After two days of calibration I have determined that my log is now over-reading relative to GPS by about 1%, this is pretty damn good, only problem is that I reckon we probably have at least half a knot of current behind us so really I want it to under-read by about 8%, but I will sit content with this for now.

Meanwhile I am reading another account of Magellan's voyage around the world. Once they had negotiated the Strait now bearing his name (which in his humility he did not name) they sailed non stop to Guam, over 7,000 miles in 98 days, crazy for those times but obviously they had little idea where they were and no idea of the extent of the Pacific Ocean as cosmographers of the day had underestimated the earth's size by about 25%. Magellan (or Fernão de Magalhães), like all great men, human and flawed, but nonetheless great.

All is well.