Day 9 – Half way!
39 d 43.8 N 147 43,2
For the weather gurus among you: Have a look at the two pictures: One from the weather fax showing a low pressure system (1001 hPa) right near our position. The grib files (2nd picture) does not show that low. We experienced the winds filled in much earlier from the NW than earlier gribs suggested. This worked well. Squalls frequently build and for the better part they pass us on our favorable side giving us a boost where the prevailing winds are light. Squalls typically last for 15 – 30 minutes, with light to heavy rain and winds 5 to 10 kts above the prevailing winds.
Mostly though the weather presented itself friendly and we sailed in shorts during the day. At night however the foulies have come out. Jono won the competition of the last crew sailing in shorts. He took some pride in the fact that the sole Kiwi aboard won over the tough Canadians.
The big event today however was that we reached our Halfway Point!
At 4 pm Vancouver time we were equidistance between Maui and Victoria about 1150 NM from each point. We cranked our new "Half way song": Bon Jovi "Living on a Prayer":
"Ohhh we're half way there, living on a prayer" - LOL.
We expect to be in Vancouver at happy hour on Friday August 10th. We still have a lot of Ocean to cross and a lot can happen between now and then. Nevertheless, the crew is proud to have sailed over 2,000 km since July 24th when we left Honolua Bay on Maui.
We have seen strong winds in formidable swell early on and champagne sailing later in the voyage. Mostly the weather was fantastic with sunny days and spectacular sunsets broken up by the occasional squall. Fishing, swimming and food lived up to expectations and we all enjoy this special time on the ocean away from land.
August 1st is also the Swiss National Day. The Swiss flag went up again and we celebrated with fresh baked bread. A nice treat for all.