Pos:, 47 24N 156 27E, Cog 072T, avg 5.3kn. Another respectable run of 130 nm. Cooking meals and baking bread in preparation of upcoming low chasing five boats bound for various islands in the Aleutians. The low front is hundreds of miles long and looks like 24 hours of uncomfortable sea state in the midst of the blow. Konami is so great with her storm sails hoisted keeping us safe. The worst is the lack of wind, sloppy rolling sea conditions after the front passes. Wish us a quick recovery from Neptune’s temper tantrum.
Pos: 46 19N. 153 45E, sailing with everything we have in less than 10kn. Made 130 miles yesterday after motor sailing for nearly 58 hours. We were beginning to be a little stir crazy waiting for good wind. I think John may have been a little more on edge than I, what do you think? Sea state is good, watching the barometer closely as a low front is due to pass over us in a couple of days with some stronger wind and waves that aren’t comfortable. Wish us luck.
Current pos: 44.06.2N 150.37.9E, motoring sailing in very light wind and opposing current -.5kn. Waiting for that elusive wind to fill in. We saw our 1st whale since Mexico, believe it was a Grey whale. Konami and crew doing well, staying warm with cabin heat. Only 998 miles to go!
June 19: John is refueling from jugs that are tied on deck. sea is flat and no wind forcing us to motor 29 hours so far. The forecast has no wind for another 8-10 . We have 1400 miles to go for first available fuel. Come on kindly winds! Good thing is we are staying warm with the engine heat. There are 3 seals out playing and jumping up out of the water, nice to see wildlife.
Rough ride in 25kt winds and big seas. Made 100 miles in 24 hrs of which 70 was tacking opposite of Attu. Seasick, sleepless crew make for miserable sailing. Wind conditions are suppose to improve.
We have ben in Kushiro, Hokkaido for nearly 3 weeks. Finished up with small projects, and prepping the boat for our Alaskan passage. There are 9 boats heading to Alaska, 2 have made it to the Aleutians, 1 enroute for 20 days in very rough conditions, and the remaining of us have been waiting out typhoons and unusual low pressure systems in various ports.
John going Up the mast made a couple of ravens extremely agitated and vicious as they swooped down attacking his head. Quick job, and down as quickly as possible.
We are watching a string of low pressure systems coming up from the Phillipines making our decision to head out a little difficult. Hopefully we get our weather window soon. Keep watching, we will keep you posted via our Iridium Go satellite phone when we head out.
Send us good wishes for a safe crossing!