Monday, August 11, 2008

24-Hours on Compromise

24:00 - 04:00 Night watch with Sandy
Trade off driving duties every hour. Swells no longer as large Ð makes for a comfortable ride. Solve the problems of the world. Wind speed between 10 and 12 kn
04:00 - 08:00 Sleep like a rock in the quarter berth
08:00 - 14:00 6-hour watch
The watch schedule has three 4-hour night watches and two 6-hour day watches on a 48-hour cycle. Drivers switch off with other crew during the day.
08:00 - 09:00 Personal luxury
Wash up with a bottle of Dr. Bonner's Peppermint 18-in-1 soap. Fresh underwear! Make breakfast, clean galley, and disinfect floors. Raisin Bran with Horizon UHT processed milk.
09:00 - 10:00 Drive
11:00 - 12:00 Communications
Hook up laptop to PTC-IIusb Hi-Fi modem to ICOM M710 SSB radio. Make grib file request (weather forecast) and contact our weather guy via sailmail. Write blog entry and post for sending after 16:00. Water surface temperature 80 degrees.
12:00 - 13:00 Drive
Note plastics floating in water. These will never bio-degrade. Heading 030 (we're getting a little bit East!)
13:00 - 15:00 Sailmail Hell
Good old Friday Harbor in WA has sent two discouraging messages indicating we have gone over our quota of 90-minutes connection time for the week. This is FRUSTRATING because we have not yet been able to successfully transmit one sailmail. Search Sailmail pdf for help. Contact tech support via sat phone. Sailmail minutes reset and psk and fsk settings changed. FINALLY connecting at a reasonable speed (thank you Corpus Christi) and finally receive a worthwhile grib file for Sandy to use for navigation. Connection time 19:21.
15:00 - 16:00 Sleep
16:00 - 17:00 Refuel from 3 jerry cans with Sandy. 15 minutes per jerry can.
17:00 - 18:00 Cocktail Hour
Ration one cold ESB. Knot tying lessons with Matt. We can now wow our friends by tying flying bowlines which are really angler's knots but look cool anyway.
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner - BBQ hot links and Cole Slaw
Matt did the BBQ duties while Sandy made the cole slaw salad (thanks Sally).
20:00 - 24:00 Night Watch with Sandy and HAL
Autopilot makes its debut as we cross over the ridge into the high. Seas like glass.

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