Friday, July 18, 2008

Cyclone sailing

July 18
The East trade winds are consistently blowing 15-20 knots, pushing us 40-45 miles per day. We’ve got the JUNK square sail flying for the first time. Hopefully it’s downwind all the way. There are still 30 degrees of longitude left to cross - 1800 miles. If we can maintain 300 miles a week, we’ll get there by the end of August. To put it into perspective, that’s driving from Los Angeles to New Orleans at two miles per hour for the next six weeks. Martigras anyone?

We’re getting some wind from the cyclones down below. A plus for us: were in the cold water, where cyclones die. We’re riding the 23rd parallel, where the water is around 65 degrees. Down south, below 20 degrees latitude, temperatures rise to 80, perfect bath water for a cyclone.

Right now the seas are 6-8 feet, with sporadic white caps that spill over the deck of JUNK. All of our fish jerky is hanging in the cabin to dry above Joel’s head. We’re both only pages away from finishing Don Quixote. When we get bored we pump the watermaker, adjust the sails, grab a few almonds for a snack, and gaze at the coming waves.

10 comments:

ldrobb said...

Great to see your increased speed and progress. I check the map daily, zoom in, and gauge your movement against the underwater landmarks. I hope the qualities of wind and water remain in your favor and shoot you toward Hawaii safely! You're trip is communicating a tremendous message! Take care.

Melissa said...

Marcus & Joel,
I have been checking your blog regularly. The good news with the winds are breaking your way slowly--it's about time. The winds are blowing, the fish are jumping and the boat is holding firm-- What a great adventure to be part of. All your doubters seem to get the message and see the purpose of this historic voyage. We want you both to be as upbeat as your journey is. Just remember--the homestretch is closer than the start. Hang loose, hang tough and stay positive. All of us wish you a homecoming soon in Oahu (or where ever you land). Luck is yours and prayers are on the way. Love to both of you, Don Geagan

Bruce Lemmon said...

Marcus,

Jody, Jessica, Linda and myself (Bruce) are all behind you guys. We read with great anticipation each of your blogs. The Banyon is becoming a huge amount of work to get her ready for her trip. Yesterday Jody and I worked for 8 hours to get the wind generator to work (it's the same one you have). The autopilot is clunking so Jody decided to put on the windvane. He thought the autopilot would be strong enough. I don't know if Charlies autopilot has a computer to help it "talk" to the sea, but this one does-pretty neat.

Bruce

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Jeff Page said...

Hello All The way from Canada-Jeff Page, Saint Thomas, Ontario,

Just wanted to let you guys know you were on the news again today. That is how I stumbled upon what you are doing. You have my support. I have seen the effects of this not only in the oceans, but our great lakes and in the north. There isn't a place you can go that you do not see plastic garbage. I will be determined to get as many Canadians involved in supporting your cause. Good Luck and I wish you the best! Looking forward to more of your posts! Jeff, Ontario Canada

piedtype said...

I just heard about you guys on CNN. WTG!!!

Wishing you calm seas and a fair wind. Stay safe.

Ali Doerflinger said...

Hi Joel & Marcus,

I just saw you on CNN! Hooray! CNN showed a nice interview with Marcus, the message in a bottle campaign, the web site, and pictures of all of you characters!

We hope the wind stays with you.

Love, Clay, Ali & Sophie

CTuttle said...

Aloha, Ya'll! Which Isle are ya headed to first? I live in Hilo, and Hilo Bay would be the closest point! I'll be monitoring your progress and wish ya the best of luck! I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed that no TD's or TS's develop while you're afloat...!

Anonymous said...

Joel, great chatting today. It looks like 127.5 and 142.5 W are time zone changes...check that though. I'll send Cruising World a note about the article. Don't save me any fish jerky, really...

Jay said...

You guys are doing a great thing. Keep it up and stay safe.

And what a metaphor for life. "When we get bored we pump the watermaker, adjust the sails, grab a few almonds for a snack, and gaze at the coming waves."