Circumnavigation Update 

Day 39 Wednesday, October 31, 2007 06.40S 146.31W 
Boat is travelling at 7.0 knots; wind is from the NE 15, wind waves are NE 1.0 - 1.5 metres swell is NE 2.0 metes @ 7 seconds. Temperature is 27 C wit;h 30% cloud cover.  No bird sightings today. Enjoyed a little Halloween candy today. Listen to Glenn's radio report.

 Day 38 Tuesday, October 30, 2007 05.25 S 146.05 W
Glenn covered 175 miles ( a new record for this trip so far ) in the last 24 hours.The wind is NE 10 - 15 knots, wind waves are NE 1.0 - 1.5 metres, swell is NE 2.0 metres @ 7 seconds. Barometer is 1012, temperature is 27 C with 30% cloud cover. He had rain today and filled up the water tanks AND have a fresh water shower. Used up one propane tank this afternoon. Will try his hand at some fishing today.

Day 37 Monday, October 29, 2007 03.03 S 145.15 W
Covered160 miles in the last 24 hours. Current boat speed is 7.5 knots. Wind is NE 15, wind waves are NE1.5 metres, swell is NE 2.0 metres @7 seconds with a steady barometer of 1011. Temperature is 26 C with 95% cloud cover. Petrels still following the boat.  Listen to Glenn's radio report.

Note: In an earlier report, Glenn referred to an abundance of bioluminescence in the water. To view photos click this link.     

Day 36 Sunday, October 28, 2007 00.20 S 144.56 W   ON THE EQUATOR !
Glenn crossed the equator this evening at approximately 6 p.m. Victoria time. He watched the GPS countdown the miles until he was on the equator and describes going through the obligatory King Neptune ritual as he entered the South Pacific. Kim Chow continues to move along at a steady 6.5 knots with the wind E 15 and wind waves E 1.5 metres and a 2 metre swell from the E @ 7 seconds. He's sailing with 3 reefs in the main sail and the jib rolled in half way. Outside temperature is 26 C with 30% cloud cover and barometer steady at 1011. Glenn was joined by his loyal winged friends the Black Storm Petrel, Storm Petrel and Kermadec Petrel for the auspicious crossing.

Saturday, October 27, 2007   10:02 p.m.  02.16N 144.44 W
Boat speed is 6.5 knots. Wind is SE10, swell is SE 1.5 metres@ 8 seconds.Temperature is 27 C with 0% cloud cover. Kermadec Petrel is with him today. Today he enjoyed watching the spectacle of pelagic birds circling close to the boat and feeding on the schools of flying fish.  Listen to Glenn's radio report.

Day 35  Saturday, October 27, 2007 11:26 am    03.23 N 144.28 W
Covered 85 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 6.0 knots. Wind is SE15, swell is 2.0 metres @ 7 seconds. Chop is SE 1.0 - 1.5 metres. Temperture is 25C with 30% cloud cover. Barometer is 1010. Kermadec Petrel has joined him this morning. Expects to cross the equator Sunday night or Monday morning.

Day 34 Friday, October 26, 2007 1:05 pm  05.03N 143.56 W
Boat speed is 5.5 knots. Wind is SE 10 - 15, swell is SE 2.0 @ 8 sseconds with a SE 1.0 - 1.5 m chop. Temperature is 26 C,  barometer is 1010 with 75% cloud cover.

Day 33 Thursday, October 25, 2007 05.16N 143.53 W
Covered 85 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 3.0 knots. Wind is SE 10, swell is 3.0 metres @ 7 seconds with a SE 1.0 metre chop. Barometer is 1009. Temperature is 23 C with 40% cloud cover. A new species of Petrel has joined him today - a Black Petrel.

Day 32   Wednesday, October 24, 2007  10:13 p.m. 06.47N 142.34 W
Covered 30 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 2.5 knots. Ran out of wind at about 1700 Victoria time.  Swell is 0.5metres @3 seconds and SE 0.5 metres. Barometer is 1011. Temperature is 27 C. There is 100% cloud cover and light drizzle. The Masked Booby, Storm Petrel and Kermadec Petrel have all paid a visit today.

It appears Glenn is on the edge of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) otherwise known as the Doldrums and is moving into the South Pacific. 

Day 31 Tuesday, October 23, 2007  11:56 p.m. 07.02 N 141.25 W
Covered 45 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed of 4.5 knots. Wind is SE 2.0 knots, swell is SE 3.0 metres @6 seconds with a SE 1.0 metre chop. Barometer is 1008. Temperature is 28C with 90% cloud cover. Steady breezy this afternoon, on a port tack with full main and jib rolled in just enough so it doesn't catch the waves over the bow. Close hauled and doing 5 knots. Motion on board is akin to a scene out of Raiders of the Lost Ark. "I'm trying to tune in a New Zealand radio station on the Grundig radio. Saw my second ship today The Pacific Faithful that passed within a half mile. Talked to one of the crew on board who told me they left Vancouver en route to Brisbane via Tahiti. Have had two days of rain and today the sun is out so things are drying out. Topped up the water tanks. Granola and apple for lunch. Enjoying the CBC shortwave stations from Canada and ones from NZ and Australia."

Day 30 Monday, October 22  9:26 p.m.  07.47 N, 140.34 W
Covered 90 miles in the last 24 hours. No wind, no boat speed, no heading. Brometer is 1009. Temperature is steady at 26 C. He lost the wind at about 8:00 p.m. There is 100% cloud cover. Lots of dolphins swimming around the boat and a flock of kermadec petrels following behind. He saw tuna jumping in the water around the boat this morning. Listen to Glenns' radio report. Lots of birds close to the boat today; storm petrels, kermadec petrels, masked booby, sooty (?) and an as yet to be identified petrel. Difficult to identify pelagic birds from a moving boat in large swells. Binoculars not much help. Very busy on board today, lots of sail adjustments - reefed the main in and out about 20 times and rolled the jib in and out 10 times. Collected rain water to top up the tanks. Wind is  from 0 - 25 knots and from every direction with 2 -3 metre swells. On and off again tropical rain squalls all day.

Day 29 Sunday,  October 21, 2007  10:32 p.m. 11.14 N 141.34 W
Covered 150 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 6.0 knots. Wind is E 15, swell is NE 2-3 metres @ 7 seconds with an E 0.5 - 1.0 metre chop. Barometer is steady at 1012 and the temperature is a balmy 26 C with a 30% cloud cover. Petrels are still with him and he's had a visit from some dolphins for most of the afternoon.

Day 28 Saturday, October 20, 2007 10:49 a.m.  12.13 N 141.51 W
Boat speed is currently 7.0 knots. The wind is E 15 - 20, NE 2.0 - 3.0 at 7 seconds, swell is E 10. Barometer is steady at 1013. Temperature is 26 with 30% cloud cover. Kermadec Petrel stays with him.

Day 27 Friday, October 19, 2007 9:321 p.m. 13.48 N 142.38 W
Covered 150 miles in the last 24 hours. Wind is from the East 10 - 15, swell is NE 2.0 metres @ 7 seconds. Chop is E 1.5 metres. The ride is rough and it's a challenge to move around the boat but he is making good time and is happy with his daily progress. Flying fish on the deck is a regular occurrence. Click here to see a picture of a flying fish from the National Geographic's website.
Listen to Glenn's radio report.

Day 26  Thursday, October 18, 2007  12:04 a.m.  16.16 N 141.47 W
Covered 150 miles in the last 24 hour period . Wind is E 10 - 15, swell is NE 2 metres @ 7 seconds with and E 0.5 - 1.0 chop. Barometer is steady at 1017. Temperature is 26+ C with 20% cloud cover. Kermadec Petrel still with him.  Listen to Glenn's radio report.
The following is from Wikipedia. "Storm petrels have a cosmopolitan distribution, being found in all oceans. They are strictly pelagic, coming to land only when breeding. In the case of most species, little is known of their behaviour and distribution at sea, where they can be hard to find and harder to identify. They are colonial nesters, displaying strong philopatry to their natal colonies and nesting sites. Most species nest in crevices or burrows and all but one species attends the breeding colonies nocturnaly. Pairs for long term monogamous bonds and share incubation and chick feeding duties. Like many species of seabird nesting is highly protracted with incubation taking up to 50 days and fledging another 70 days after that."
Click on the picture to learn more about the Kermadec Petrel.   

Glenn's sailing on a beam reach with a double reefed main and a rolled in jib sailing at about six knots and enjoying the balmy 26 C weather with a slight cloud cover. He reports a bit of a challenge with the fresh eggs on board. No, they haven't hatched. To keep unrefrigerated eggs fresh without refrigeration, they can be turned over everyday which coats the inside and seals out the air. For this voyage, we purchased the best we could find locally - unrefrigerated, farm fresh, free range, extra large eggs (20 dozen in total) to keep him going for as long as possible.  But because they don't perfectly fit in their containers, he reports a fair amount of  breakage and a rather familiar barnyard aroma to the forward cabin. The upside is the omelettes are delicious and the last of the fresh vegetables, sauteed, add a nice touch.
 

Day 25  Wednesday, October 17, 2007  9:23 p.m. 18.31 N 141.16 W
Covered 140 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 6.0 knots Wind is E 10 - 15 knots, swell is NE 2 metres @ 7 seconds with a 0.5 metre chop from the E. Barometer is steady at 1017. Temperature is 25 C with 80% cloud cover. Storm Petrel rejoined him today and a Kermadic (type of bird) also joined him. Glenn reports his batteries are staying fully charged between the wind generator and the solar panels and very happy to report he is once again able to make limited email connection :)

Day 24  Tuesday, October 16, 2007 9:33 p.m. 20.50 N  140.51 W
Covered 120 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 6.0 knots. Wind is NE 10 - 15 knots, swell is N 1 - 2 metres @ 7 - 8 seconds with a NW 1 metre chop. Barometer is steady at 1018.  Temperature is 25 C with 95% cloud cover. Storm Petrel is still there. No other sightings today. Making some progress with communications problems.  Listen to Glenn's radio report.

Day 23 Monday, October 15, 2007 9:31 p.m. 23.00 N 140.06 W
Covered 60 miles in the last 12 hours. Boat speed is 6.0 knots. Wind is NE 10 - 15, swell is E 1 - 2 metres @7 seconds. There is 60% cloud cover. Barometer is steady at 1018. Temperature before sunset is 25 C. Light rain today. Storm Petrel is still with him and lots of flying fish. Glenn reports waves washing over the decks filled with bioluminescence. He's enjoying the magnificent star filled nights. Happy the boat is riding the waves well. He descibes it as "her motion is smooth, powerful and spontaneous" and surging closer to the equator which he estimates is about 1400 miles away.

Day 22 Sunday, October 14, 2007 9:32 p.m.   24.19 N 139.09 W
Covered 35 miles since noon. Boat speed is 4.0 knots. Wind is NW 5 - 10 knots, swell is NW 2 - 3 metres @ 8 seconds. Barometer is steady at 1018. Temperature is 24 C. 30% cloud cover. Storm petrel still following the boat and flying fish are regular visitors.

Day 21 Saturday, October 13, 2007  5:33 p.m.    25.07 N 139.08 W
Covered less than 10 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 4.5 - 5.0 knots. Wind is SW 10, swell is NE 2 - 3 metres @10 seconds.75% cloud cover. Temperature is 23 C. Barometer is steady at 1017. Sailing on a starboard tack with a full main and Genoa, making good headway.

Day 20  Friday, October 12, 2007 8:39 p.m.    25.17N  139.06 W
Becalmed. No sail up; boat is not moving. Swell is 2 - 4 metres @ 9 seconds. Barometer is steady at 1016. Temperature is 23 C. No significant wind in the forecast for the next three days. The Storm Petrel is still there and a couple of spiders have appeared on board.

Day 19 Thursday October 11, 2007  8:27 p.m.   25.25 N 138.52 W 
Covered 32 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is less than 1.0 knot. Wind is very light, swell is SW 1.5m-2.0m @ 10 seconds. 90% cloud cover with barometer steady at 1017. Temperature
is 23 C.  Listen to Glenn's radio report.

Day 18 Wednesday, October 10, 2007 11:59 p.m.    25.30 N 138.39 W
Covered 50 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is .5 knots. No wind, swell is 3-4 metres @ 12 seconds. 0% cloud cover and temperature is 25 C. No albatross sightings today. Instead I have an  Arctic tern and Storm Petrel with me. Spotted several Dorado around the boat today.

Day 17 Tuesday, October 9, 2007  10:20 a.m.  26.47 N  138.59 W   
Covered 70 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 5.0 knots. Wind is SE 5 - 10, swell is NE 1.0 m @ 8 seconds with a light SW chop. There is an 80% cloud cover. Barometer is steady at 1017. Temperature is 20 C. Was becalmed today. Went for a swim. The albatross has not been around today but I am joined by petrels and terns which stayed with the boat throughout the night. 
Listen to Glenn's radio report. 

Day 16  Monday, October 8, 2007 Thanksgiving Day  -  No report

Day 15   Sunday, October 7, 2007  11:39 p.m.  28.38 N 138.14 W
Covered 140 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 5.0 knots. Wind is NE 10 - 15. Swell is NE 2 m@ 5-6 seconds with a light chop. Barometer is steady at 1022. Temperature is 15 C. 15% cloud cover. Albatross is staying with the boat. Flying fish have started arriving on the deck.

Day 14   Saturday, October 6, 2007  p.m31.25N 137.15W  
Covered 90 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 5.5 knots. Wind is NE 10 - 15 knots, swell is NE 2 m @ 7 seconds with a 0.5 m chop from the east. Barometer is steady at 1026 and it is 18 C. His albatross brought a friend along this evening to follow behind the boat. 

Saturday, October 6, 2007  a.m.  Boat speed 4.0 knots. Heading of 210. Wind is N 10 knots with a N 2 m swell @ 7 seconds. Barometer is 1029 with a 75% cloud cover. Feeling a bit tired and finding sleep difficult. Found a spot on the deck with the least amount of motion to sleep last night. It was a beautiful star-filled night with lots of meteors at 0200 hrs. Albatross returned in the morning following close behind the boat at about 30 feet. Still enjoying the fresh vegetables. 
Listen to Glenn's radio report

Day 13  Friday, October 5, 2007  7:50 p.m.  32.20 N 136.33 W
Covered 145 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed is 4.5-5.0 knots. Heading of 165. Wind is NW 10-15 knots. Swell is NW 4 metres @ 8 -10 seconds with a 3/4 m chop. Barometer is steady at 1027. 60% cloud cover and temperature is 14 C. Three albatross visited today. Rough seas and breaking waves over the boat meant all hatches were sealed throughout the day. 

 Friday, October 5, 2007 10:14 am  33. 10 N 136.40 W 
Boat speed is 5.0- 5.5 knots. Heading of 150. Wind is N 10 - 20 knots. Swell is NW 3 - 4 metres @ 8 - 10 seconds with a 1 m chop. 90% cloud cover. Outside temperature is 14 C . Albatross still there.  Glenn reports he is doing well and enjoying the routine of life at sea even with its challenges. The boat is sailing very well and he's making good time. He is currently running with the wind which results in a fast, boisterous motion on board. Noisy down below. Need to re-secure some of the stores to keep the noise level down. Last night, the wind picked up but the sail plan worked well which meant he didn't have to change sails throughout the night. Flying fish are starting to appear on the deck. Spectacular sunrise this morning. Misses everyone.

Friday, October 5, 2007  1:37 am 34.05 N  135.20 W 
Boat speed of 5.5- 6.0 knots  Heading of 190. Wind is NW 15-20. Swell is NW 3 - 4 metres @ 8 -10 seconds with a 1 metre chop. 80% cloud cover. Outside temperature is 15 C. The albatross is back again. Today he caught a tuna for the albatross but lost it over the side. Flying fish on the foredeck this morning.

Day 12  Thursday, October 4, 2007  10.04 am  36.51N 133.29 W  
Boat speed 6.0 knots. Heading of 220. Wind is W 10-15 forecast to continue for the next 4 days. Swell is W 2 metres with 0.5 metre chop. Today I have 100% cloud cover and light rain. Barometer is steady at 1026. No wildlife sightings today and my albatross has not shown up yet. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to CBC shortwave radio last night.  

Day 11  Wednesday, October 3, 2007 9:56 a.m. 38.45 N  132.30 W  
Covered 150 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed  5.5 knots. Heading of 180. Wind is W 10 -15 knots, swell W 3 metres with a light chop.  75% cloud cover. Barometer is 1020. Albatross still with him and more dolphins around the boat. Listen to Glenn's radio report.

Day 10  Tuesday, October 2, 2007  No report

Day 9  Monday, October 1, 2007  7:26 p.m.  40.20 N 131.31 W
Covered 150 miles in the last 24 hours. Boat speed 6.0 knots. Heading of 180. Wind is W 10+ knots, swell is W 4 metres. 20% cloud cover. Today was a very pleasant sunny day and a nice day of sailing. Saw a large school of dolphin ( about 50) around the boat yesterday and another 10 today. The albatross is still there as well as a few terns.

 

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