The long journey

Hey all. This is kinda fun. Have been tracking a client's sailboat on their trip to the
Caribe. It's a 65.5' Oyster. They wanted me to captain her, but had trouble with one
of the owners so declined. So far, they have made Bermuda.

Here is the link which is cool as it shows the wind patterns along the eastern
seaboard. If you zoom in to their location you can see the whacky course line.
Cheers!

https://forecast.predictwind.com/tracking/display/Sea_Glass/

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@QMS Looks like a great trip. A couple of the sailing vlogs I watch have had, shown, talked about Oysters, they seem quite the nice boat. And user folks speak very highly of them. I do watch the occasional Captain Q vid... dreaming.

Boy, an issue with an owner (biz or boat) gets the 'I surrender' flag fast from me... I'm outta there fast! You know its problems down the line...

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not real time
the tracker stops and starts as the satellites permit
but still, why were they tacking in such an odd pattern
just north of Bermuda? Oh, it's probably the triangle.

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@QMS

can't be any rational explanation.

be well and have a good one

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@enhydra lutris

Looks like they found the seas too unfriendly on the windward side of the island and
decided to eventually duck-in on the lee side. Maybe the captain was just torturing the
crew or killing time before daylight. Dunno. Could email the lady aboard for the full
story, but don't want to go there. Sea monsters sounds about right.

Wouldn't surprise me to hear the captain and/or crew jumped ship. So they may
be there for awhile. Wink Still quite a way to go ..

Update to add they are now back on the windward side (according to the plot) making
6.5 knots. Weird. Thats why I didn't want to go along for the ride.

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@enhydra lutris Hey EL! It's the whirlpools and dragons... you gotta be careful out there. If it were birders on board, I'd say they saw something good go by. But in a blow-boat, there ain't much chasing like that. You better get a good look cause it ain't comin' back.

When I was running birding trips offshore of socal, some of our tracks were wacky as can be. Birders are the worst. Oh that was when we were clocking a Wilson's Storm-Petrel at 25 mph, and then the Leach's Storm-Petrel went by the other way and it took 35mph to catch it. Skua, Albatross and Tropicbird can take 40-45 knots to catch! Last few years I did them on the Condor Express out of Santa Barbara and we could run anything down in it. Water jet drive. Long as the swell wasn't preventing gofast.

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A 10 ton boat chasing a 50 gram bird.
Oddly off the scales.

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@QMS @QMS Add the 50 salivating birders on board encouraging the Captain to speed up! Things like Skua or Tropicbird will eventually give up and skyrocket up to 100' or so and then slow down to get a look at the first boat that ever caught them... Albatross or Storm-Petrels just keep going. Unless you throw chum/squid.

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I hear they rarely make land.
I guess until you run out of petrol?

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@QMS Albatross are rare as hen's teeth in the north Atlantic generally. In CA as soon as you hit the shelf you have them. Mile deep (or two) water. So off socal it was 50-80 miles to them usually. In NorCal where shelf edge closer you can get them not too far out, 20 miles or less, heck they rarely even get seen from shore. In Monterey Bay where that deep submarine canyon comes right up to Moss Landing, you get them IN the bay all the time. Black-footed and Laysan both. The north Pacific has three breeding species, north Atlantic zero. Monterey Bay is the surest closest to shore to regularly see them. Black-footed the common one, Laysan rare. Short-tailed very rare, but at least two this summer/fall. Have had days where I saw a few Laysan and 50 Black-footed. Soooooooooo awesome. Monterey Bay Whale Watch will get you out to them quick and easy, and tell you when is best. Summer for Black-footed fall to spring for Laysan, but some Black-foots in winter too. Satellite tagged birds showed some breeding in Hawaiian Isls. are commuting to Monterey Bay to feed their young in HI! Ten days or so, right winds, not having to flap. Yeah dynamic soaring. There is a Black-browed Alby that has been showing up in a Gannet colony in the U.K. for I think nearing 10 summers now. They are a southern hemisphere breeder. A Wrongway Feldman. They got a few Yellow-nosed this year or last off the NE coast of America. It is the most-seen species in N. Atlantic.

In this vid of one of the best songs ever, the first one is Laysan, second is Black-footed.

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@dystopian

once watched a dark colored Albatross soaring overhead for many hours during an offshore
delivery. Never flapped its wings. Just soared. Smart birds. Saving their energy for diving.
Thanks for sharing that cool tune too.
Q

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@dystopian

Kauai one year, they were absolutely thick on the ground.

be well and have a good one

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Is the line that goes out and ends where the boat disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle?

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Is Gawd’s way of telling you that you have too much money…

If I was gonna bankrupt myself for a boat, it’d have to be a Hallberg-Rassy. Or maybe one of the ‘80s glass-hulled knockabout schooners that came out of Fong Kuo or the like, for a lower entry cost.

Who am I kidding? I’d rather lay on the beach at the Soggy Dollar, watch other people spend their money, get into the winner-take-all with the locals about which bareboat is the most likely to drag anchor and end up on the beach that day, and repair their electronics for a retirement gig…

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Twice bitten, permanently shy.

@usefewersyllables

like this 1980 35' cruiser. Solid and simple. Under $40 K. Robert Perry design.

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See they are in the doldrums now, plowing ahead with the motor on.
Soon to be in the trades, then it will be good. Broad reaching on
down to Antigua. Best part of the trip.

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