May 20, 2012
A new Post “Day 2 – Pointed at Hawaii” was written on the May 20, 2012 at 12:00 pm on “S.V. Resolution”.
The winds continued to shift and I am now pointed right at Hawaii. The
wind is still well ahead of the beam, so it continues to be a rough,
wet ride, but it should get better every day. I’m feeling much better
and can manage to eat and do some light cooking, tough I had to heave
to to make breakfast. I’m sure just as I get used to this motion I’ll
reach the trade winds and everything will feel so calm.
First night was pretty easy, the winds stayed consistent, requiring no
trim or reefing. With the AIS and radar on guard I was able to grab
If you’re wondering why I’m going to Hawaii, it is the nature of
sailing. Sometimes the fastest way to sail somewhere is the longest
route. There is a permanent high pressure system in the Pacific called
the North Pacific High. High pressure systems in the northern
hemisphere generate clockwise winds. This system is the reason the
wind and current are favorable on the trip down the coast, but
fighting upwind, while possible, is dangerous and not fun. Sailing
around the Pacific High clockwise allows boats to sail downwind the
entire way home which is much easier on the boat (and me!).
Course: 265 deg at 6 kt
24 hour progress: 100nm
Wind: 17kt at 333 deg
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