0900 Thurs Aug 13
Aloha Westward Fans.
I here that Alli fixed my bloging and that they now show up. Thats technology for you! We are now on a direct course for home currently motoring directly into the wind at a less that stellar pace. When we left Hawaii the High Pressure area was way north and not defined as it normally is. A more southerly route seemed to be a logical tract for us to take so I elected to do so. The current weather report looks like a more more northerly high is forming causing the winds in our zone to be more than we expected giving us "Mr Toads Wild Ride" . We hope to have enough extra fuel under the BS fishing platform to get us to the westerlies.
Yesterday we completed our 6 trawls, altered our sailing format to a motoring format and changed course to head directly to LA. Going is slower than anticipated and we can better predict our ETA when the wind shifts more counter-clockwise. We did not set out our trawl this morning as the wind and wave action made it unsafe to do so. If the weather backs off we can still perform trawls yet today. What a difference a day makes.
Bill, Laurie, Scott, Roger and Sam have been religious in the watch rotations that are necessary for our 24 hr/day travel but and all have had a positive attitude. When it is time to trawl for trash all parties attend the rig to launch and retrieve the monstrosity that we have carried on our deck since Hawaii. We rig a spinnaker pole to act as a cargo boom for the retrieval process which is necessary to prevent the 4 ft aluminum structure from damaging Westward.
Still no fishing today, that last Mahi will last us for several more meals as long as our ice maker continues to work
water: unseen floaties
Waves: 4to 5 ft.
sky: puffy clouds no squalls today
lat 30 30n
lon 142 28w
wind 20 k
We will keep you informed as things progress.
COME ON HIGH and hopefully DRY.
More to follow!