We just crossed the equator and are officially back in the Northern Hemisphere. Strange…it looks the same…but it is definitely starting to get cooler each night. We are 4 days out of the Marquesas. We have covered 550 nm and have 1,400 more to go. We are making great speed averaging 6.7 knots and making 150 miles per day. There is a 1.0 knot favorable current pushing us along. We hope it holds for a while. We are still sailing on a beam reach in 13-16 knots of wind with steeper seas to 8 feet breaking on the beam once in a while. The head got pooped (haha no pun intended) so we’re keeping the hatches closed.
We continue to monitor hurricane ANA, currently 600 nm north of our position. The 72 hour forecast has been upgraded to a full blown hurricane. The current track has it heading NW at 10-15 knots directly towards Hawaii. Hopefully it breaks apart or weakens before making landfall.
We have decided to continue to sail NNW towards ANA. ANA is traveling at 10-15 knots and we are making 7 so the storm should move way ahead of us. On the surface this may not seem the most prudent decision but if we keep to the south of ANA we will be able to ride tail winds all the way to 10N, effectively eliminating most of the calms associated with the ITCZ, albeit at some degree of risk. If we instead decide to continue to head due north we will be becalmed within 4 days and be forced to motor for 3-4 days before reaching the NE trades. We are not carrying extra fuel and we prefer to sail so we have decided to follow closely behind, but outside the fringe bands of ANA and ride her coat tails north. We will of course monitor the storm path closely and if she stalls or turns we will run like hell!
Anyone want to look into how many tropical storms that formed near 10N between 130W and 150W have turned back towards the equator? Or do they all head in a N or NW direction after formation? This is an important piece of trivia that I would like to know. First person to email us some data gets a gold star and some booty from the south seas. Trinkets not wenches – get your mind out of the gutter.
Look forward to hearing from someone with an internet connection! Remember to send text only to the at sea email address.
October 14, 2014
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