Between a Low and a Hard Place

Each morning before sunrise I see Orion reclining comfortably along the horizon to the east, seemingly bemused at our progress over the ocean. Then as the sliver of moon rises before the sun, Orion gradually gets up and goes off to do whatever it is constellations do all day, rather Bachanalian, I suspect. Here on the surface of our planet, I am just happy to see some speeds above 5 knots after yesterday’s bashing.

With a dissipating low off Oregon to our right, and a big advancing high to our left, we are between the cogs of two giant rotating gears of waves and wind. The low circulates counter clockwise giving us a north wind, and the high rotates clockwise giving us a north wind, resulting in an all day experience of 25-30 knots on the nose, with the white capped green lipped ten footers gnashing us in the face. Slowly up the wave with all sky in the windows, then pitch down with a pounding boom and spray over the pilothouse and nothing but the blue trough in our view. Repeat one thousand times and it’s time for lunch. That was yesterday. Maybe today will be better, because we want to arrive for Kathleen’s birthday on the 15th.

Regards to all. Laysan and crew are fine. Another few days and we will enter the Straits of Juan de Fuca,

Aloha,
John

Dealing with the paravane fish, a great, if heavy device that helps with the beam roll of the boat.

Dealing with the paravane fish, a great, if heavy device that helps with the beam roll of the boat.

43 40 N
133 58 W

486 miles to go

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6 Responses to Between a Low and a Hard Place

  1. Steve says:

    Any particular issues with Juan De fuca? When do you anticipate seeing land for the first time? Sounds like it will take 24 hours or so just to get through the Strait into Puget Sound.

  2. Penny says:

    Landfall is just up ahead, and so are the cheeseburgers and fries! I hope Kathleen’s birthday can be celebrated on land. Wishing all the best to the four of you. Almost there!

  3. Sybil says:

    For us blog followers – this travel seems to have gone by so quickly … probably not so quickly for you with those waves … but what a memorable experience. Keep on doin’ what you’ve been doin’ ‘cuz it’s working. I want to see a picture of all of you celebrating Kathleen’s birthday on land!

  4. Sylvia says:

    We are thrilled to see those Latitude readings get higher. Can’t wait to see 48- 49!!

  5. Bill Kimley says:

    Looking at your track on OceanCleanUp it looks like you hit the blue boat called “Lucky Duck”. Did you feel anything?

  6. Steve says:

    So, where do you actually stop the boat, turn off the engine and get on dry land?

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