Thanks for all of the comments this week and keep ‘em coming. The crew loves them! Today we have more updates from the ever faithful Galley Wench and I’m including part of the latest report from Estelle’s weather routing service. My best, The Stateside Station Manager
Saturday April 18, 2020
Galley Wench Report
Hello from Estelle,
Lovely AM out here. The crew is behaving perfectly and so is the boat. Winds have fallen off a bit -makes for a nice ride but not as exciting. Our fingers are crossed for catching that elusive mahi-mahi. Just haven’t landed one yet. Nuts!
We’re not in a huge hurry for the islands as none of us are excited about a 14 day quarantine in the harbor with land in sight but off limits. Sounds completely hideous. At this time the plan is to hit Hilo towards the end of the month, fingers crossed quarantine will be lifted by May 1. The thought is to spend some time on Hawaii and hook up with Elena (Galley Wench Best Buddy who lives in Kona) for some R&R. Again if the mandatory 14 day quarantine is still in place then all bets are off.
Also difficult to say what our next destination will be. The hope is Alaska but once again we need to be aware of any restrictions that the Canuck’s might have as far as anchorage and covid. What a world!
Hard to believe that 2 weeks is more or less under our belts.
We continue to have overcast skies. Yuck! We are all wanting to see the sun and get a jump on our tans. Pretty much over the clouds.
Winds have shifted to our backside and our reach has become a run. At the same time the winds have settled down to a mere 10-15 knots. Would like to see winds closer to 20 knots. Speed is holding and were making 130-140 miles a day. We could push harder but no one is looking forward to a quarantine in Hawaii. I believe we have gone as far south as we need.
Estelle continues to perform magnificently. The crew equally magnificent. We’re enjoying each other’s company, eating good food, and strategizing over cribbage hands.
Gregg produced a great recipe for a no knead English Muffin bread that takes 15 minutes to bake. We started last nights dinner with fresh tomato and garlic brochettes on crunchy English muffin toast followed by pasta salad and double chocolate brownies.
To combat this stationary existence I have discovered the ability to do a plank, stretched out across the cockpit. It helps to be short. I am positive that my two 1-minute planks per day will offset the brownies, breads, and cakes that we have been consuming.
What’s up with my corona? We were are so used to having news 24 x 7 it’s hard to have none. (The Station Manager has sent a recent update to address Estelle’s news void.)
We will do our best to carry on!
That’s it for now
To: Mark and Heidi Green and SV “Estelle”
From: Commanders’ Weather Corp, tel 603-882-6789
Route: La Paz, Mexico to Hilo, HI
Position: 17 40n/135 52w 1200utc Sat Apr 18 2020
Prepared: 1400utc Sat Apr 18 2020
1) Overall, conditions look good for your last week into Hilo
2) You are sufficiently far south to avoid the lighter winds to the north
a) between your current position and 20n, winds are in the 10-15 kt range, and are around/below 10 kts north of 21n
3) An elongated area of high pressure along 25n will inch eastward over the next couple of days, allowing ESE trade winds to increase into the low 20s again by Tue
a) so you’ll be able to pick up some speed Tue thru Thu as you head direct to Hilo on these fresher winds
4) As the trade winds return in earnest, the smooth, long-period NW swell currently in place will persist, but wind waves will start to increase in response to higher E winds
a) so sea state can become more confused thru the middle of the week
5) Overall weather will be pretty tame, with increasing sunshine as trade wind conditions return but also a higher chance for a daily shower or two
6) In the longer term, it looks like a shallow trough will move west to east and stall over the Hawaiian islands late in the week
a) this will likely result in clocking winds north and west of the Big Island this weekend
b) with lighter air as wind diverges on the eastern side of the Big Island
7) Because of how the wind pattern is expected to develop on the eastern side of the Big Island, it looks best to approach Hilo from the northeast
a) so you will move thru ESE to SE wind as you approach the island
b) if approaching from the southeast, there is a higher chance of encountering quiet air, or even light headwinds around Cape Kumukahi
8) We look forward to hearing that you’ve made it safely to Hilo!
1) Head at about 280 deg true direct towards Hilo
2) At about 150w, head a bit north of rhumb line
a) to set yourself up to approach Hilo more from the northeast to avoid potential quiet air directly east of the Big Island