Weather Planning

I thought this would be a good opportunity to explain my weather planning or better said, planning on the weather. The fist picture on the left shows my main area of interest at the white dot, just south of Cape Mendocino. This is where the winds are the strongest. It’s a two day (46 hr)Continue reading “Weather Planning”

Seconds from Disaster

A long, harrowing day was over. A good night’s sleep erased much of the drama. I was closer and closer to the end of this Baja bash. 07:25 I get up 07:30 I did my morning checks and log entries: Fuel: 3.25” port; 5.5” stbd Batts: Current draw -8 amps, 12.48v, -84 amp-hrs. H2O: 72-galContinue reading “Seconds from Disaster”

Third Time is the Charm, I Hope

As of Tuesday evening,  we are planning to try to get to Magdalena Bay, 130nm, tomorrow. Our third try in the last 9 days. Though even at that, we will probably we stuck there for three days over the weekend, as another period of very strong (15 to 25 kts) winds is forecast to hitContinue reading “Third Time is the Charm, I Hope”

Return to Huatulco

I could call this, Mexico Just Works, at least this part. As international trips of 3,000+ miles go, this was by far one of the easiest ever! 13 hours after wake-up at oh-dark-thirty, I was being dropped off at my hotel in Huatulco. Hotel Balcon Gueela turned out to be a really nice, comfortable placeContinue reading “Return to Huatulco”

Everything is Swell

In one of my recent posts I talked about my use of Windy.com and how much I like the GUI they have developed. It’s an easy way to look at the two-main worldwide weather forecasting numerical models, the GFS and the ECMWF. Almost a year ago today, I wrote the post “The Atlantic is aContinue reading “Everything is Swell”

What I Need

As spring gets closer and closer, I’m watching the weather daily.  I know what I want, but the light wind conditions may only last a couple of days, while I need a week plus. In the last weeks, the more I have thought of this, the more I am thinking of getting north as bestContinue reading “What I Need”

Provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing

I know I’ve not been writing for a while.  Without being on Dauntless, my life is not as colorful or at least I’m not talking about it as much. While perusing Trawler forum and Cruiser Forum, I came across the story of the two women picked up off of Japan: https://unreasonablydangerousonionrings.com/2017/10/31/19-reasons-this-survival-story-smells-fishy/ It did get meContinue reading “Provisioning for an Atlantic Crossing”

2016 & 2017 Pictures and Videos of Dauntless in Action

I thought I should share with everyone the pictures and videos I’ve taken on Dauntless in the last year. The gallery pictures are in ascending chronological order. Some of you may know and already have seen some of these pictures, but the most recent Galleries are now public: Dauntless 2017 Panama Canal Dauntless Crosses theContinue reading “2016 & 2017 Pictures and Videos of Dauntless in Action”

Kadey Krogen Rendezvous 2017

I had planned on giving a presentation at the Rendezvous, but it’s not to be. So, here is the outline.  I will post this on my blog, DauntlessatSea.com I have also posted, somewhat unedited, three galleries of pictures, you need to use these links: The most recent videos from the Atlantic crossing, https://dauntless.smugmug.com/Dauntless-Atlantic-2016-Videos/n-ddh7xF/ My northernContinue reading “Kadey Krogen Rendezvous 2017”

The Best Laid Plans

Perseverance, in the face of very adverse situations, being bored almost to tears or dealing with unimaginably stupid, selfish adults, has gotten me to many of my most important goals in my life: four university degrees, meteorologist, science teacher, high school principal, Dauntless and certainly crossing the Atlantic, now twice. But it has also gottenContinue reading “The Best Laid Plans”

Crossing Oceans in a Calm & Assertive Manner – Most of the Time!

Be aware, but not paranoid. If you are worried about everything, you will drive yourself and crew crazy. You need to be able to separate the likely from the remote. Be vigilant, but you can’t watch everything.  An hour from home, you can afford in indulge your paranoia, in the middle of the Atlantic, indulgencesContinue reading “Crossing Oceans in a Calm & Assertive Manner – Most of the Time!”

What I’ve Learned from Crossing Oceans

Well, it would probably take a book I’m too lazy to write. But as I sit here in the sweltering heat of Mexico, air conditioning or lack thereof has become my number one concern. Having spent two years in Northern Europe, AC was the least of my concerns.  So last year when cruising south, onceContinue reading “What I’ve Learned from Crossing Oceans”