Cape Horn rounding
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Europa underway from Easter Island
Europa sailed off her anchor at 6:03 pm local time on Monday, October
28. She had been anchored just off the restored Ahu Tongariki, very
near the moai quarry. The 8 of us who had been waiting on Rapa Nui
boarded on Sunday afternoon in heavy winds and swell.
The first night underway brought decent winds, but a cold front came
through on Tuesday morning. When I went off watch Tuesday morning we
were on starboard tack with the wind a couple of points free,
steering 190 magnetic to set ourselves up to take advantage of a low
pressure system. When I came back on watch Tuesday afternoon we were
still steering 190, but were now close-hauled on the port tack.
My watch section has 4 serious celestial navigators. Our joint
efforts in the clear morning twilight today yielded a beautiful
celestial fix on 4 stars and 2 planets. We used a combination of
CelestNav for PalmOS, stopwatch, and old-fashioned notebook. The
more sextants the merrier!
Noon position (29 Oct): 28d 29.7 S, 109d 45.3 W
Barometer 1019.1, air temp 20.0 C, water temp 21.5 C
88.7 miles since weighing anchor/4.9 knots
2445 miles to Cape Horn
All squaresails set to the royals, with a typical speed of about 5
knots in light swell and 15-20 knots of wind, with occasional rain.
Noon position (30 Oct): 29d 44.4S 110d 49.5W
Barometer 1019.2, air 19.1 C, water 20.8 C
98 miles today/4.1 knots
186.7 miles since Easter Island
2418 miles to Cape Horn
Still close-hauled on the port tack.
Daily mileage is the rhumb line distance between today's and
yesterday's noon positions, not including any extra distance sailed
due to course changes or tacks. Mileage to Cape Horn is the great
circle distance from the noon position to Cape Horn, as calculated by
CelestNav for PalmOS. All distances are in nautical miles.
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