Sunday 13 July: No Comms

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Sat 19 Jul 2014 21:35
Position: 52 49.9 N 173 11.2 W
Course: East nor' east Speed: 3 knots
Wind: North, F3 gentle breeze
Sea: slight Swell: north nor' west 2 m
Weather: overcast, cool
Days run: 128 nm

I have given up on emails with the satphone, though the voice side still
works. I really need to find somewhere that can do some systematic fault
finding on my whole communications set up, maybe Dutch Harbor, but I am not
confident. It is very annoying that I have managed to blow up the new SSB
receiver as well. That was really dumb, as now, as I feared, I am down to
pretty primitive forecasting tools, namely the barometer. Not to worry. On
the plus side it will help me to be a little more appreciative of our modern
technology, so much of which we take for granted.

The wind has veered into the north as expected so we are tight reaching
under full sail, but the wind is relatively light so we are only making
about three knots. Tomorrow the wind is supposed to go into the south which
will allow us to ease sheets and hopefully make better speed. After that my
forecasts run out so I will be making predictions based on current
conditions and the trend in the barometer. With luck we will be in Dutch
Harbor in about three days and there I hope to either fix or replace either
the SSB receiver or the satphone. Who knows, maybe I will get really lucky
and get them both fixed. That would be nice.

All is well.