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Title: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 18, 2018, 07:18:57 AM
I have been sailing since June last year. One voyage has been logged via Mustardland.
So far I have been all round the U.K., going from the Norfolk coast, up to Scarpa Flow, the Hebrides, the Irish Sea, then up the Channel and inside the Isle of Wight and finishing back where the voyage begun.

I have always wanted to follow historic voyages. So I am using the fastest Yacht to sail round the world. As I am aware that my health could stop this, I am sailing with the current winds, via Africa and the Cape of Good Hope, across the Indian Ocean to Australia and onward across the Pacific and home, via Cape Horn.

At the moment, Wanderer IV is sailing southward and eastward, below the Cape of Good Hope, after a stop at Cape Town. The weather is real, so one is totally at the mercy of the wind. Wanderer IV is doing just over 10 knots just now, with some cloud in the sky. The boat is heeled at 28 degrees. I have seen dolphins and whales while sailing. These and sea-birds have been added to bring things more to life.

One can alway tell when a whale surfaces, as there is a big bang that sounds like the side of the hull has just been hit.

The other yacht I am sailing for Mustardland is The Catty Snork.

There are plenty of videos on U Tube about Sailaway. It is one of the few things I can still do, so I value it greatly.

 >wheelchair< Being Peace, Prabhakari.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 18, 2018, 06:28:27 PM
There is a huge storm raging off Vancouver. The seas are high and the spray is fierce and blinding. sailing under reefed mainsail.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 19, 2018, 01:26:48 AM
Wanderer IV is speeding through the night, below Africa. Local time is 03:22 so Sunrise is around an hour away.
Our position is S37.46
                      E26.59

It is a calm night, in comparison to Vancouver. We are doing around 10 knots and our course is 120 degrees at present. The water under the keel is around 10300 feet. Deep enough to see whales.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 05:53:36 AM
Wanderer IV is sailing through high seas as we enter the Indian Ocean. Wind speed at 25 knots. The yacht is doing more than 10 knots just now. Sky is overcast but no rain. Spray flying off the water. At least it is daylight.
There are new sailors on the sim. We are a world-wide sailing community.
It is nice to get the sails trimmed well. To know that one has done one's best.

Being Peace, Prabhakari.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 06:08:56 AM
The Yacht is heeling at 34 degrees in the strong winds. This wind is caused by a storm-system south of Cape Town. The area is also known as the Cape of Storms for a good reason. I sailed south in order to benefit from this. Now we are sailing N.E. again. My course will be decided by the weather. Calms are possible. The Volvo race ran into a large area of calm off Africa as they sailed to Cape Town before Christmas. People got frustrated. Now most of them are in Melbourne, Australia. They all sailed S.E. from Cape Town to get the constant winds in the Southern Ocean. So it was a fast passage for them.
I am just sailing round the world, so there is no rush. If we sail further north, there will be many places to visit on the way. I use Google Earth for this. It is a good way to learn about the world. I am gaining much knowledge about the waters I sail through.

The Catty Snork is on her way to Hawaii. More storm systems there, which means course adjustments to make the most of the winds generated. We still have around 2000 Nautical miles to sail, to reach Pearl Harbour.   >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 04:46:30 PM
The wind is doing more than 22 knots, so it has a bite. It howls through the rigging. One thing about sailing is the noise in a strong wind. Also, the seas are high. It can feel scary at  first, until one sees how the boat sails through it. A bit of spray, so it is wet in the cockpit. Wind is variable. At times it blows even stronger.
The boat is doing more than 10 knots with reefed sails.

The depth of water is more than 11000 feet here.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: KizzyKazaer on January 20, 2018, 04:55:31 PM
This sailing simulator sounds highly realistic!
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 05:11:40 PM
It is as real as possible, like flight simulator.
The sim has a large number of real sailors and sailing instructors. One of my friends is a retired pilot and sailing instructor. The weather is real weather. It is new, so has years of development ahead of it.
The sim is the most accurate ever done. Anyone can have a go.

There is a new small boat, the Nordic Volkboat which is intended to be very simple to sail and give one a taste of what it is like to sail one's own boat. This boat came out in Norway, 1942. It is a delight to sail.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 05:38:37 PM
It is 19:35, and the light has nearly gone from the sky. The clouds look black now, instead of white and the sea is dark, apart from the white foam. We are still heading northwards.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 05:55:17 PM
The prevailing current flow is from the Atlantic into the Indian Ocean. Add strong Westerlies and it is a recipe for confused seas. These conditions are what made Cape Town the place where people settled. There is a good harbour there. It provides shelter from the storms.

It is now dark. The only lights come from the navigation lights. Red, green and a white light at the stern.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 06:20:30 PM
All my voyages have music. Here is a nice lttle song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3idDnR5C5wg
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 20, 2018, 07:59:16 PM
The wind speed is now 27 knots. This is real weather. The current flow is 0.5 knots from 103 degrees. The boat is heeling at 38 degrees. the Transom/nose pitch is 2 degrees. We have 3.5 degrees of weather helm. Speed over the ground is around 7.7 knots. and the heading is 45 degrees. Depth under keel is around 11740 feet.

Being peace, Prabhakari.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 21, 2018, 03:57:17 PM
STrong winds still blowing. Am heading up to Madagascar. sails reefed.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 22, 2018, 09:45:21 AM
The wind blows from the N.E at more than 28 knots. Sails reefed  but boat heeled over. It not the shots of Dan Snow steering his yacht. I have never seen real sailing conditions in professional films. The sea is always calm and the boats are under full sail. With such conditions the wind is around 5 knots.

Heading still to Madagascar.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 25, 2018, 04:46:34 AM
The gale has subsided. Wind down to 12 knots. The local time is two hours ahead, so the sun has been up for a while.
course plotted to pass by Madagascar, up to the Gulf and on to India.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 30, 2018, 08:18:51 AM
Just altered course to pass between the island of Madagascar and the continent of Africa. The winds look favourable for part of the way, but they could lose strength and direction as Wanderer sails further North.

One thing I am learning, from sailing is the way the land was before the sea levels rose. I can see how Madagascare was longer. I also see old river valleys below the surface. Sailing is not a fast way to travel. For much of the time I am going as fast as my wheelchair does on the roads. I often wished I could go sailing; it was hard to know someone who owned their own yacht, but not to go because I would not be able to cope. At least I understand how to adjust the sails. There is still very much to learn. Knowing what to do is one thing. It is less simple when it comes to understanding why.

This voyage is driven by the prevailing winds. In the Hiscock's first voyage they were invited to visit a friend who lived on a nearby island. They had to pass by because the winds did not allow them to approach the island. It is easy to understand with this sailing sim to show why.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 31, 2018, 04:04:29 AM
We have Durban off the port bow at about 290 degrees. The sun has risen; the weather is fair, with a nice wind coming from starboard just now. I have altered course a little to gain more thrust from the wind which is doing around 11 knots just now. Our speed over ground is around 6 knots. It is a large ocean when seen from the deck of a small boat. The horizon at sea-level is 3.9 miles away.

We would seem to be sailing over an open ocean, but we are really sailing up an old channel. Madagascar used to have more land above sea-level. The depth of the channel is about 16300 feet just now.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on January 31, 2018, 05:07:07 PM
The Moon has risen over the Indian Ocean. It is a surprise as the Moon appears much bigger than it has done, in the sim.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: AndMac on January 31, 2018, 06:00:21 PM
It is a supermoon tonight, Prab, so the real moon will appear bigger too. That's some sim, to include that level of detail.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 01, 2018, 07:33:53 AM
It is daytime off Africa now. We still have the full Moon in the Pacific. It has got smaller.

Sad news with regard to a missing ferry with 88 passengers, from Kiribati. 22 were children on their way to school.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 02, 2018, 09:13:30 AM
Another day as Wanderer III sails eastward. The yacht is doing just over 6 knots in light winds. The sky is nearly clear with just a few white clouds, and the sea is calm and blue.
It is a day I will spend checking the sails and the equipment.
Whale sighting is likely. We may see dolphins again, weaving across the bow of the boat. Mozart's music is playing.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 02, 2018, 03:55:08 PM
The sun is now close to setting in a blaze of golden light on the Eastern Horizon. We are still in deep waters with more than 16000 feet below the keel. The wind is on a bearing of 129 degrees, and it is doing around 9 knots, which is giving us a sailing speed, with the Gennaker of around 5.5 knots. This varies with gusts. so the G.P.S. measures the wind speed but not the gusts so much.

There is always a feeling that one is making progress in a sailing boat, as the water passes under our keel and leaves a white trail astern. The distances are large, though. Even in an aircraft it takes hours traverse the thousands of miles.

So I am always glad of company. The nights are the loneliest as most will be at work or asleep.


So we are on a heading of 89 degrees. Madagascar is probably going to be missed because of the winds. I still hope to see part of India before Australia. It all depends on the forecast.

Being peaceful, Prabhakari. >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 02, 2018, 04:02:06 PM
“For I say there is no other thing that is worse than the sea is for breaking a man, even though he may a very strong one.”
Homer
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 03, 2018, 05:33:02 AM
We have reached the edge of the shoal which are the undersea part of Madagascar. The Spinnaker is still up, making the most of the stern wind.
We are doing more than 5.5 knots in a light wind.
The local time is 08:17.

Our position is currently :
S31.34
E41.38.

The expanse of the Indian Ocean lies ahead of Wanderer III. It is going to be another hot day. The sea temperature is 22 - 28 C. We have got iced drinks. The area of calm stretches some way past Madagascar, so sailing will be slow for a while. I hope to get stronger winds as we get further east from Africa.

The island of Madagascar and the coast of mainland Africa has an interesting effect on the current direction. It is like water draining down a hole, and it has a clockwise direction as a result.
The winds are also deflected as they approach Madagascar and the airstream is deflected to the south.

This means that it is not easy to sail northward. The easiest option is to follow the wind. Thus avoiding most of the calm area. If I sail straight, then Australia is around 3700 nm. Not a short distance.
Depth is just over 15000 feet now. It will get much shallower, and the surface temperature will get hotter. I hope that the reefs are not bleached because of the heat.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 03, 2018, 08:29:50 PM
The wind increased in strength during the day. It is now night as we sail eastward towards a full Moon, that lights up the sea. We are now sailing across the part of Madagascar that is beneath the waves, and the depth of water under the keel is now 6888 feet of water.
True wind speed is around 15 knots and the boat is doing around 7 knots.

I stopped at Cape Town to top up my water tanks. As this is a sim, it is not a problem, but it is a problem in real-life. I have often seen ships on our river, by Brush Quay, topping up their water-tanks. They take this water out to the oil-rig platforms. Cape Town is a major harbour, and is the last harbour before crossing the ocean. Real ships will have a problem if the water also dries up at the harbour.

Dipping the Red Ensign to the ship 'Happyness'.   >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 04, 2018, 04:01:10 AM
About 5000 feet of water under the keel. We are one-third of the way across the shallows. Sun just up off Africa, and the wind is good at around 15 knots. It is going to be another hot day. One has to wear a hat.
Just having a mug of coffee as I sail. I had poppy seed crackers for food yesterday. There is plenty of storage in a 38 foot yacht for food, although most of it is tinned and frozen.
I may have some potatoes and vegetables later on.
I have cereal fruit bars which are sugar-free. A couple of them can be enough for a day.

The sky is mostly cloud just now. I may check the weather forecast for this area. Rain would be nice. I use passageweather.com. It has been very useful for planning ahead. Most use Windy.com in Sailaway. It is a simpler programme to use, with nice animations and some of you will find it easier to understand.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 04, 2018, 11:04:06 PM
There is rain around, but South Africa stands out because it is devoid of cloud and any rain.
There is some cloud around as we head East, on the horizon. Just now the Moon lights up the Ocean.

It is fascinating to see what is under the waves. The island used to be much larger, with a big spur stretching across our path, and undersea chains of small islands, and the deep-water channel that ran up the East side of Africa, with Madagascar making the outer edge of this channel. If this land was once clear of the water, as it would seem, then the world was a different place once. I wonder if early man was able to cross this channel once. It would have been dangerous.

 >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 05, 2018, 02:00:56 AM
3649 nautical miles to Shark Bay, Australia. The crossing will take around a month if I sail straight there.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 06, 2018, 02:46:42 PM
We are on a new course heading to keep the winds favourable. The A.W.S. is the most important to note. It is the one that effects the sails. So the Apparent wind speed is just over 16 knots. The Apparent Wind Angle is also more important, as compared to the True Wind Angle. At the moment the T.W.A. is 71 degrees. The A.W.A. is 49 degrees, so I have chosen a mean course in order to make progress forward.
Current heading 68 degrees and the distance to Shark Bay is 3279 nautical miles.

The skies are mainly clear just now with some light cloud overhead. The sea is also falrly calm with a gentle swell. The light is starting to go now, so the sea has turned grey in colour. It was blue earlier.
We have got nearly 12000 feet of water under the keel. Our speed over the ground is just over 7 knots, and we have the Genoa and the mainsail raised.

If we stayed on this course and the wind was constant, we would arrive at Australia in around 25.5 days.
Local time is 17:45.

Being peace, Prabhakari.   >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 07, 2018, 09:38:25 AM
A nice day for sailing. Doing more than 6 knots; not a racing yacht, but it feels like home. Australia is 3164 nautical miles away, but we are now well into the Western side of the Indian Ocean. As I do not know these waters, I am not able to be certain of the wind, even with comprehensive weather reports.
The reason is that Weather systems move around, so one can seem to be sailing into a storm but it has moved by the time the boat reaches the area, leaving behind calm waters and very light winds.

The Catty Snork reached Pearl Harbour during the early hours of this morning, and we will stay there for a few days. Meanwhile I can continue with my solo sail around the world. I also have the Volkboot to sail across to Holland and the shallow waters there. See Riddle of the Sands for reference.

We dip the red ensign to all other Ouchers who are sailing, Prabhakari.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 07, 2018, 09:44:58 AM
Heading North now, towards India. Course heading 20 degrees. Now wind on stern. I shall set the Gennaker now. It is a light sail for these conditions.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 07, 2018, 09:50:46 AM
Sails reset and course for India. We are sailing the same route taken by the big ships of the Eat India Company. Such as The Lord Mornington. These ships were heavy and somewhat sluggish sailors, so this is why they tried to look like Navy Ships.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 07, 2018, 09:56:43 AM
There is some way to go. I set a rough course for Mumbai. It is 3279 nm. The time to get there is totally dependent on the wind. No engines for sail. Stil, we will do our best.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 11, 2018, 07:27:05 AM
We have had good weather for a few days. So the sky is a mixture of white clouds and blue sky. The Indian Ocean is also tranquil, blue and with a gentle, long swell coming from the East. Still on-course for India. I do not think this could be done for real, as being stuck in a wheelchair does bring limitations.

So on sails Wanderer III. At least I do not need a dentist.

2692 nautical miles to go.
Depth of water under the keel is more than 15200 feet just now. It is sad to know that all this ocean is heavily polluted with plastic.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 14, 2018, 06:35:09 AM
We have reached Mauritius. Now sailing to the east to pass round the island. Winds very light just now. It is hot here. Sea blue.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on February 14, 2018, 07:29:05 AM
Bel Ombre is just to the north of us. Winds still very light, from the West, so we are using the Gennaker. It is our lightest foresail.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 06, 2018, 10:39:02 AM
Winds continue light. I have made it a personal challenge to sail to India as it is tricky, due to the winds.
Makes me think of the slow, heavy Indiamen having to make the same journey. No wonder the Clipper Ships gained such renown.

Being peace, Prabhakari.  >wheelchair<
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Post by: Prabhakari on March 23, 2018, 09:51:47 AM
I have been ill so missed India as the yacht sailed east. I am off the coast of South Sumatra, heading to Java. Australia is not far off.
Christmas Island is to the West. Weather fair, with some cloud and a stern wind, so am using the Gennaker. True wind speed is more than 12 knots just now. I may make for Tasmania. An Australian friend did a circumnavigation of the island, and it was a stopping point on the Volvo Race. A stop at Perth is a possibility. I have sailed a long way now. All the waters are new to me. It is sad to see plastic in the ocean.

With metta to all housebound. Prabhakari.  >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 25, 2018, 09:31:24 AM
Jakarta is just over the horizon to port. I have got favourable winds to take me to the N.W. coast of Australia, so am heading  that way.

True wind speed is just over 12 knots. Gennaker up to make the best of this following wind. Depth of water under keel is more than 16100 feet just now. The yacht is on the edge of the shoal of the island of Java.
Current weather is dry with cloud. The swell is gentle. Current from 248 degrees at 0.3 knots.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 25, 2018, 10:05:09 AM
I have just looked at the weather forecast for my current sailing area, and there is an area of light winds ahead. So it will be a slow sail to Australia. There is no bad weather forecast for the next day. There is a storm system off the North coast of Australia. which I can avoid by sailing to the south. The only snag with that is I shall be sailing into the Southern Ocean. It does tend to get strong winds and big waves down there.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 25, 2018, 10:53:29 AM
The Catty Snork is nearly becalmed but Wanderer III is doing well. There are 1046 Nautical miles to the nearest Australian landfall, so it will take a little while to sail there. I can look out for whales and dolphins. I last saw whales off Africa, and dolphins near the Carribean. Whenever land is near, we see some sea-birds flying around us.
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Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2018, 02:19:08 PM
It is a beautiful night for sailing, with clear skies and a waning Moon. Winds are just right and the swell is gentle. Wanderer III has a TWS - True Wind Speed - of 10 knots. I have just trimmed the sails and gained an extra half knot.
Just to remind anyone who is interested: I have been sailing yachts via simulators for years. Sailaway is the latest. It is an accurate simulation with full controls of the sails and rigging. It is an ideal teaching aid. The weather is real. This means that it pays to learn to understand the weather in detail. The sim is young, and it has years of development ahead of it.

I am sailing a 38 foot Bermuda-rigged yacht. A boat that is perfect for solo voyaging in real-life. If I had been able to, it is the type of boat I would liked to sail in real-life. The yacht is not designed for speed but for comfort; think of it as a floating home. I have got 919 nautical miles before I reach the Australian coast, and it will take more than 8 days at the current rate of sailing.

I may meet some Australian friends. There are many Australians sailing.

Meanwhile I have the stars and the Moon for company. The navigation lights are the only lights showing on the boat. Red to port; green to starboard, and a white light on the stern. The red ensign is flying, showing that Wanderer is from the U.K. The boat is decorated with limes; the tree, leaves and the fruit; in pale green on a white background.


Here is a song for the traveller: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAqL1OC7GIU
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2018, 02:41:57 PM
My friend's yacht was a similar size but with twin keels. He used to advertise for crew each year, to sail to Holland. I could not go. I used to help with maintaining the yacht during the winter months and also updating the charts. Each night, we heard the shipping forecast for our waters. Now I can see the weather at any time and in any part of the world. G.p.s. makes navigation easy, compared to taking a sighting with a sextant on a moving deck. G.p.s. provides a wealth of information for both boats and aircraft. So I know exactly where I am to 0.5 of a nautical mile. It also provides a time of arrival, based on current speed and distance.

Just now the winds are fluctuating, so I am making small adjustments to the sails; it helps keep me busy.

I have got some hot coffee to help pass the time. The sound of the water running along the keel is soothing. No nasty reefs or rocks to worry about. Just a small drift to port that means altering course a little, or I will be taken into the Timor Sea.
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Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2018, 02:59:13 PM
Just altered course. Wind is now more on starboard. There are two ways of looking at the wind. One is the speed and the other is the angle.  So we have the True Wind Speed and the True Wind Angle. However the Apparent Wind Speed and the Apparent Wind Angle are the ones that we look at. These are what we trim the sails to. Sails have got light ribbons on them, called tell-tales. They show the flow of the wind across the sail. When they stream out horizontally then the sails are most efficient. This is complicated by the extra ways in which the sails can be set. Such as the Vang, which opens and closes the top of the mainsail.

It all depends on the complexity of the rigging. Some boats are simple. Racing yachts have fine controls to alter the shape of the sail. Getting the trim right can make a big difference in the speed over a long distance.

I am not racing, but enjoy getting the most out of the yacht.
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Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2018, 03:09:22 PM
Christmas Island is not far off. It looks like a Scottie Dog. The island is inhabited by humans. One of the coves is called Flying Fish Cove. This is the only part that seems to have some anchorage, although it does look exposed and not a place for a small boat to linger. The currents in this area are interesting as they meet in this area. They stream like snakes as one lot streams out into the Indian Ocean, meeting the currents from the ocean that are travelling in the opposite direction.

I suspect, from experience, that this is a rough spot in a storm.
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Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2018, 05:24:47 PM
Altered course to heading 268 in order to sail to the West of Christmas Island. Lowered Gennaker and raised Genoa. The Moon has crossed the stern from right to left, but is still high enough to provide silver Moonlight that creates a silver road to the horizon.

Now doing around 4 knots. This means that it will take around 9 days to reach N.W. Australia. One thing about sailing is that we need patience. The sailing boat is entirely at the mercy of the weather.  I am not racing so do not feel the frustration felt when entering areas of calm. I have a good library of books on my tablet. The solar panel fitted to modern yachts mean it can be recharged. No boats seen; the seas can feel empty of human life. 


Being peace, Prabhakari.   >wheelchair<

Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2018, 06:06:16 PM
I have reached the large area of calm that was forecast. There is little option, but to sail south and get to the stronger winds down there.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2018, 06:13:18 PM
I looked at the wind forecast and have just set the course outward a little at 185. It is to catch the winds that are a bit stronger. It means missing Christmas Island.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 26, 2018, 06:44:17 PM
Another factor to be aware of is the true speed. It is the same with flying. There is the recorded speed and the speed over the ground.

Just now, the recorded speed is 4.6 knots. The actual speed over the ground is 3.8 knots. This is roughly the full speed of my wheelchair. People walk more slowly and take up all the pavement..........

course is now 176 degrees.
The depth of water under the keel is 17070 feet. I am going to be far from help if anything goes wrong... or I would be if this wasn't a sailing simulation. Not a good place to need a dentist. So I have got temporary filling kits. One should always take advantage of dental help before setting sail on long voyages.
Always wear a lifeline on deck. I am not disabled in a simulation. So there is nothing nice about going overboard and watching the boat sail on... Safety first.

Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 27, 2018, 08:19:31 AM
It is a beautiful day with a blue sea and some white clouds overhead. The sea is calm. I am about 10 nm to the West of Christmas island. I just altered course to take a look at the island.

The surface temperature of the sea in this area is at least 30 C. Temperatures like these drive strong storm systems. I am certain to run into rough weather in this area. There are plenty of storms in the southern ocean right now.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 27, 2018, 08:24:29 AM
The first sea birds have appeared. The island will soon be in sight.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 27, 2018, 08:27:06 AM
Just got a faceful of spray. Must have been a rogue wave.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 27, 2018, 08:52:03 AM
If I remember correctly, the distance to the horizon at sea level is 3.9 miles. So, as this island looks to be low, it could easily be missed. The water is over 500 feet deep round the island, so anchoring would be tricky. The holding ground could be poor if the seabed is rocky.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 27, 2018, 12:06:26 PM
It was nice to see land again after the long voyage across the Indian Ocean. Christmas island is just off to port as I set the sails to continue south. Local time is 1800 hrs. It is now early evening out here and the Moon is up. The sky is tinted with soft red. Winds are still light; the Gennaker is up to make the most of the wind.

I have a hot drink of coffee. Just taken painkillers in real world. Heating is on as I was feeling cold. If I was actually near Australia, the heat would be oppressive. I think that Wanderer III will put into Perth for restocking and cleaning and painting the hull.

Being peace, Prabhakari.   >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 27, 2018, 04:38:33 PM
The current course heading is 181 degrees. However, The current is pushing Wanderer III to the East, so that the course over the ground is actually 176 degrees. This is a perfect example of why sailing ships who had no engines needed plenty of sea-room.
The winds are very light so cannot counter the drift. Australia is a lee shore, and so becomes a danger, against which there is nothing much one can do.

It is why I seek the wind, which is not likely to happen. It is not that bad for a modern yacht, as long as one keeps an eye on the drift. I have at least 500 nautical miles of open water to the East.

I am clear of Christmas Island now. Local time is 2236. It is a clear night with the Milky Way clearly visible.
Wind is light at 5.5 knots.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 28, 2018, 12:36:11 AM
The Catty Snork is now at Shanghai. Wanderer III is continuing south. Christmas Island is behind us now. It is morning here, and the local time is 07:20.
The skies are nearly clear, with just a few clouds to the East. It is interesting to see how land creates clouds. I saw this with Christmas Island. There is more than 15500 feet of water below the keel. We are sailing at more than 4 knots.

Boat heel is 24 degrees.
Current is 0.4 knots at 35 degrees.
Transom/nose pitch is 2 degrees.

Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 28, 2018, 11:45:20 AM
The wind swung from east to south during the night. So I have changed course a heading of 215 degrees. With the current, the course is actually 219 degrees. I have to tack, either closer to Australia or outwards into the Indian Ocean. I decided to sail away from Austrlalia for now because of the large area of calms.

Another reason is the  effect of land on the wind strength and direction. It usually weakens the wind strength. This has been my experience while sailing. Unless the land creates a wind tunnel. I was sailing at just over 2 knots. By changing direction I am getting more than 6 knots.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 28, 2018, 12:01:36 PM
I have just looked at the weather for my sailing area, and the calm area has moved south. Now the wind is stronger again, right up to the Australian coast. So I will change course again, back towards Perth.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 28, 2018, 08:28:31 PM
The weather forecast is correct. Wanderer III has an apparent wind speed of more than 19 knots, so the boat has a good heel on her. Thanks for gimbals.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 28, 2018, 08:37:35 PM
The Moon is bright; the stars are bright. The sea is a very dark blue with silver sparkles. On such a night as this, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etC59HVD-tg  one needs a serenade for sailing.

I had a vegan soughdough pizza to eat.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 30, 2018, 01:27:44 AM
The wind is blowing at around 19 knots just now. It is blowing from the South, which makes heading direct to Perth not possible. At the moment I am heading south, as close-hauled as possible. Still managing more than 6 knots. Unless the conditions change, my best option is to sail below Perth, and then sail towards Perth from below the latitude of the city.

There has been a tsunami warning for the area around Papua New Guinea, due to a big earthquake.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 31, 2018, 11:06:15 AM
Another day. More change in the weather. It is still coming from the same direction but is now 14.5 knots True wind speed. The sky is overcast with some blue spots, through which the sun shines on an ocean that has long swell waves. The reason is due to a big storm in the Southern Ocean.

It helps to watch for swell waves, as they show that a storm is somewhere near. Thanks to weather apps for sailors I know where the storms are. The sea just south of Australia is well-known for its storms. Just like the Cape of Good Hope. The sea today is a dark-blue with whitecaps, and the wind makes the rigging sing. The sea has its own songs. I have not seen any whales or dolphins yet. I saw plenty of them in the Atlantic. A whale surfacing makes a  loud noise that makes it feel as though the boat has been hit. The dolphins like to swim just in front, weaving back and forth as they swim. They never hit the boat, their swimming being so accurate. The most I saw were 11 of them, but I have seen film on U Tube that shows many hundreds of them.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 31, 2018, 11:18:08 AM
I have just seen the forecast for my sea area for today. It looks like the winds are going to hold, so I will make progress to Perth. When I get to Sydney, my voyage will be half-done, and from then on, Wanderer III will be homeward bound, and I shall have done something I long dreamed of. To sail alone around the world.

The route is one that has been sailed by many others. As the sim does not include the Panama Canal yet, I will return via Cape Horn. Then upwards to Florida and across the Atlantic to the English Channe, through the Dover Straits and on to Norfolk. All dependent on the weather, of course. And my health. I can only hope to make it.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 31, 2018, 01:09:53 PM
It is after 1906 in the evening, off the Coast of West Australia. The moon is full and shining from the East. Rather low on the horizon just now. Still sailing close-hauled into the wind. Not much sail-trimming needed.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on March 31, 2018, 04:46:35 PM
It is blowing a strong gale now. Apparent wind speed is 24.4 knots, so the mainsail has a reef and the genoa is furled to 50 percent. Still sailing as close to the wind as possible, without losing sailing speed. It means sailing away from where I actually want to go, but that is part of sailing.
 
Eric and Susan Hiscock had an invitation to stop at an island for a visit to friends they made while sailing around the world, but because of the wind direction they were unable to do it and had to miss the island. I have had the same experience while sailing. It helps to be flexible, and not to have a fixed sailing plan.

Glad to have the weather, although it makes for 'interesting sailing'. Light winds are no fun. At least today, we have satelite weather reports, so there is a chance that one can avoid the extremes. I knew was coming in the Caribbean, so got out of there before the hurricanes arrived. I knew that they were going to be very bad.... and so they were.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 01, 2018, 10:30:55 PM
Winds still blowing well. Have reached roughly half-way down the Western side of Australia. I decided to make for the Australian Coast. It will be nice to see land. Moon above the stern, lighting up the adgitated waters. So Wanderer  sails on.





Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 04, 2018, 12:32:56 PM
I like simulators. They have allowed me to learn many skills that, as a housebound person, I would never have learned without a computer. One advantage of sims is the ablitily to change whatever one is operating to something else.
Sailing sims are like this. Sailaway has a range of yachts. A favourite of mine is the Norwegian Volkboot. It has now been given full sail controls. This being so, I have swapped the 38 cruiser for the smaller, wooden boat. It is called 'Wanderer I'. I placed it in the same area as the larger boat.

The hull and cabin are painted white, and I have changed the sails to red/brown.
Slowly sailng south. Might spot a Great White Shark. They are in the news just now.

Been bit ill. Glad I am not Really on a small boat. It would be tricky.

Being peace, Prabhakari. >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 05, 2018, 05:34:50 PM
The winds are coming off the land, from the East, so it looks like I shall have to sail below Perth in order to make for the harbour from the South. AS there are some days to go, it may all be different by then. Meanwhle it is after 23:30, local time and very dark. I think the clouds must be thick.

Plenty of water under the Keel Just now the measured depth is more than 16900 feet. A good depth for sharks and whales. All that is between me and that is a thin hull, made of wood. Years ago, I read of a family who were sailing in these waters when their wooden boat was charged and sunk by Orcas. They had a minute to abandon the yacht and get into a rubber raft. It became an epic of survival for the parents and children.

With metta to all who sail, Prabhakari.  >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 06, 2018, 02:14:40 AM
Just passing Shark Bay to port. It was a refueling stop for ships and submarines during the war.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 06, 2018, 02:22:28 AM
I have just spotted a whale. It has been some time since I saw them. Off the gold coast of Africa was the last time. We are in deep waters so I was expecting this.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 06, 2018, 11:14:47 AM
Sun is nearly set off Chinese coast. Nearly setting here, off Australia.

My current postion is:

S24.51
E104.34

Local time is 1803.
Wind is around 11 knots. Sailing close-hauled towards the land on 99 degrees. True course, due to current and drift is 104 degrees. As the Nordic Volkboot is made of wood, it is lighter and has a drop-keel. This means it does not grip the water as well as a larger yacht. It is a lovely little yacht to sail. It has a cabin.

I was able to row once, and the clinker was my favourite for rowing. That is something I miss, although it may be as well that I cannot see how things have changed. The man from whom I got the boat from, in order to row is probably dead by now. The boats he had may not be there anymore. So no rowing to the small, secret places on the Broads that I once knew.

Doing 5.3 knots just now. True wind is around 12 knots max. It will be dark soon, and then I shall depend on the G.P.S. to know where I am.

It is time for a hot drink. As I cannot have sugar, I do not drink tea now. Just coffee and cold drinks. Malt drinks when I have got them.
Do any of you have a craving for fruit drinks? I did during the night, so had three glasses of Apple High juice.

I wish you all a good day today. With metta, Prabhakari.  >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 06, 2018, 07:08:10 PM
It is a lovely night. Sailing straight to the Moon on a silver road to heaven.
It is now waning, but is still half, so has plenty of light. There is a special magic to sailing at night. Out here there is no light pollution so all the stars are shining. I used to visit my parents in my electric wheelchair, and would come home in the winter, with a hard frost and a full moon that lit the fields. At  such times, while seeing shooting stars blazing briefly in the night, I had no problem in imagining Old Shuck, the demon dog of Norfolk.

 >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 07, 2018, 03:24:48 PM
One thing about sailing is seeing how big Australia is,  compared to Great Britain.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 08, 2018, 01:52:52 AM
I just decided to set course for the coast, as I am several miles out. I do not think that the land will mask the wind, as there is a strong storm system in the South, which is driving the wind. The wind-flow is curved by the shape of the land on the Western coast. I will still need to tack to gain Perth, but I have to stop to make repairs to the boat; to get fresh water and supplies for the next leg.

Listening to Finlandia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5zg_af9b8c
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 09, 2018, 01:55:58 AM
Closing in on Shark Bay.
Weather good. Swell from south is large but not a problem.
Doing around 5 knots.
Distance to Bay is about 500 nautical miles.
Depth under keel is around 16200 feet.
Some new sailors have been excited by seeing their first whales..
55133 nm. The distance I have sailed since June, last year.

I could wish for better sight, but nothing lasts.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 09, 2018, 12:28:59 PM
Dear Prabhakari,

Here's an update of your boat's progress and current sailing information for the trip to Swanbourne, Australia, S31°57.36' E115°43.7'

UTC time: Sun Apr 8 16:10:11 2018
Time since last update: 15.8h
Distance travelled since last update: 37.1 nm.

Position: S28°0' E105°47.65'
Heading: 159° (-)
True wind directon: 200° (+45)
True wind angle: 41°
True wind speed: 9.7 kn. (-3.1)
Speed in water: 4.9 kn. (+4.4)
Course over ground: 157° (-13)
Speed over ground: 4.9 kn. (+4.4)

Next destination: S31°57.36' E115°43.7'
Bearing to destination: 117°
Velocity made good to course: 3.8 kn.
Distance to destination: 568 nm.
Time to destination: 6d 5h

this is how the sim collects and shows data from a voyage.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 09, 2018, 11:05:58 PM
I have 413 nautica miles to the coast and Shark Bay. At the curent rate of sailing it will take nearly four days to reach the coast.
the skies are clea and the Milky Way looks like a huge ar ch into which Wanderer is sailing, the Moon is a crescent in front.
It will soon be dawn.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 10, 2018, 06:51:13 PM
308 nm to the entrance to Shark Bay. Then I will make my way to Perth for a rest.
Sailing is much like being stuck in hospital for long periods. There is no escape so one has to learn to make the best of things. I could have chosen a fast cruiser to sail, but using a small boat is closer to the experience of most sailers. Very few can afford such yachts. I like wood. Fibreglass yachts do not feel right. Joshua Slocum built his boat at Boston, U.S.A. for his epic solo voyage round the world. It was wood. He even had a simple auto-pilot, so he could get some sleep. I try to emulate his method. So the boat has a magnetic course set. If the wind changes then the sails have to be reset.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 11, 2018, 02:45:33 AM
277 nm to the coast. The wind is much stronger now and the rigging is singing the song of the sea. The wind is doing around 20 knots and the swell has greatly increased. This is normal weather for this area. The clouds are buidling up; a sign of land.
 When I see birds flying, then I will really know I am close to land.The speed over the ground is around 4.5 knots.
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Post by: Prabhakari on April 11, 2018, 09:56:00 PM
Stormy conditions off W. Australia. Turned to South now. 207 nm to the coast. Wind is doing more than 20 knots. Wet on deck. Making sure life-line is secure.
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Post by: Prabhakari on April 11, 2018, 11:20:23 PM
It is s till dark off Australia, but I can see the Eastern horizon is showing signs of dawn coming. The sky has a deep purple colour.
Wind still fairly strong.
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Post by: Prabhakari on April 12, 2018, 07:44:31 AM
The Catty Snork had a pair of dolphins visiting just now. I have not seen them for months.

Still sailing south with Wanderer. Weather not much changed except for cloud covering.

Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on April 15, 2018, 03:45:16 AM
Depth under boat is more than 17700 feet just now. T
he swell is terrific. Good thing the Nordic Volkboot is well-made. It floats over the swell lightly. It is easy to steer with the tiller needing just a light touch.
Winds are now coming from the East, over the land. I am well below Shark Bay now, but still have some way to go to reach Perth.
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Post by: Prabhakari on April 27, 2018, 04:45:13 AM
I've been ill and in hospital. Gradually getting better. Will return to the voyage round the world soon, I hope.

With metta, Prabhakari/   >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on May 08, 2018, 03:00:57 AM
I am near the bottom of Australia, West side, There is a large headland to get past. Winds are very light. Just got some movement. Sea is calm. Bit of cloud down here. Sailing just south of west. The winds may pick up when Wanderer is clear of the land.

I would like to visit Tasmania next. I have friends who live here.

Being Peace, Prabhakari.   >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on May 08, 2018, 10:16:57 AM
The sun is now setting in the Indian Ocean. The wind changed direction a little, so I had to alter course a little to the North. However, I am doing more 4 knots. A fast walking speed.  Conditions still calm.

If one watches films about sailing, either the ship is under full sail or there is a nasty storm. The reality is different. Finding the wind is the real trick..
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on May 08, 2018, 11:30:24 AM
Here is a wonderful film about sailing ships. It is the best I have yet seen.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQls5w-8ycU
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 08, 2018, 11:52:48 AM
Beginning to clear the headland.  I will need to go further West in order to sail south-east.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 08, 2018, 10:07:17 PM
It is dawn over Eastern Australia. there is some cloud, but the waning moon is visible. sea quite calm. Doing around 6 knots as Wanderer makes for the southern Ocean and Tasmania.

The Nordic Volkboat is a nice little wooden yacht. Light on the helm, so one has to have a delicate touch. It is much like flying a small aircraft.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 10, 2018, 04:02:13 AM
The sea has come alive as I sail southward. It was what I expected.  Big rollers and sheets of spray flying aft. I love this little yacht. The coachwork is varnished wood, with a clinker hull that is painted white.
The sea is deep-blue, with flashes of white foam on the crests. This is sailing at its best.

Being peace, Prabhakari.   >wheelchair<
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on May 10, 2018, 03:24:38 PM
I am sailing about 100 nautical miles off the S.W. corner of Australia, doing 5.5 knots. Heading is 162 degrees, but course over the ground is 166 degrees. There is about 4100 feet below the keel. True wind speed is 9.2 knots. Apparent Wind Speed is 12.7 knots.from 40 degrees.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 10, 2018, 03:27:04 PM
It is nearing 22:25 with a clear sky, but no Moon. The stars are visible. Just think that one is seeing the distant past in their light.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on May 10, 2018, 08:18:02 PM
it is gone three in the morning and the sky is set in a huge number of stars. A wonderful sight. Enough to make one want to go to Mars.   >looking through a telescope<

Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on May 11, 2018, 11:56:46 AM
Set course for Tasmania. Winds are as I expected.  There is a huge whirlpool of wind. If I follow the outer edge, I should have favourable winds all the way there.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on May 12, 2018, 01:41:28 AM
Another day. Sea conditions good, with long, slow rolling waves that the boat moves over with ease.
Sea deep-blue with a lot of white foam. This is an area where Orca's might be seen. They have attacked wooden boats and sunk them, so it may not be a good thing to see them nearby. I have prepared for an attack, and the life-raft is prepared. The emergency beacon has been tested. I will be glad to get to Tasmania. From there I can sail further North, and reduce the danger.

Doing just over 5 knots. Gentle sailing, so I have time to relax and do some reading. Flying fish are about. They seem to be attracted by my navigation lights.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 15, 2018, 03:47:49 AM
I am sailing across to Tasmania with a good wind. Long, rolling watery hills make this sailing at its best. I could have used a fast racing yacht, but I much prefer the small Nordic yacht. It is more likely that had I been able to do real sailing, it is the kind of boat I would have had. It is not fast and never can be, but I am not in a hurry.
Being so far from home is strange. If it were real, I would be totally cut off from the world. It would be like going on a solitary retreat for a while. I have been on retreat, and the feeling of tranquility is a rare experience, but one that brings serenity and there is no stress. Just the voice of the silence.
Title: Re: Sailing yachts around the world.
Post by: Prabhakari on May 16, 2018, 01:32:22 PM
Moving at over 6 knots in a stern wind of more than 24 knots. Very dark. No light to see with. This is a weakness of this sim. Unless the skies are clear and a Moon is showing, the only way to adjust sails is by using the trim tab.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 16, 2018, 06:01:09 PM
I have been talking to a small group who have just set sail, on a trip round the world. They are still ih CAnadian waters, out of Vancouver.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 16, 2018, 11:36:47 PM
Dawn has arrived. A deep purple that turns red and then gold. So does the sun appear over the horizon.
Nice stern wind that is pushing  the boat over the rolling waters. It is wet, with spray. I am happy.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 16, 2018, 11:55:10 PM
815 nm to the entrance to Hobart. Will soon be there with the current wind. Drift is slight with a following  wind.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 17, 2018, 12:40:44 AM
The rollers are huge. A wall of water moving towards the stern of the boat. Yet the boat rises... and drops into the trough. If this was real, I might befrightened. At least it is light now, so I can see what is happening. Small boats ride the seas more easily than large vessels; like a bottle that is corked. All the hatches are firmly closed. The cockpit is self-draining.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 19, 2018, 11:27:55 AM
Not been able to attend to sailing as much as I would like.
Auto sailing keeps failing to work, so I have made no progress while the computer is off.

It is early night off Australia. The wind is doing nearly 25 knots from the stern. It is what I had planned. So we are doing more than 6 knots, which is good for such a small yacht. If I had been sailing the fast cruiser, my speed would be much greater. 20 or more knots is likely.l

I will keep the sim running in the background if I can.

There is good news with regard to the way the world looks. The sole programmer is working on a world editor, which means that anyone wll be able to add structures and land textures. This will be available to anyone to download and add to the sim. The world is too big for one man to do this, so it is being made open to all who use the sim.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 21, 2018, 01:23:31 AM
Powerful stern wind; more than 30 knots.
Big, following seas, lots of spray.
Nearing Tasmania.
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Post by: Prabhakari on May 24, 2018, 01:25:59 PM
Been to Hobart, Tasmania.
It has a good harbour,, with plenty of shelter there. The bottom of the island is ragged, with deep inlets. Now on the way north to Sydney. Wind still strong. My little yacht is racing along through the night, with the wind shrieking in the rigging. Lots of spray; rather wet.

When I get to Sydney, I shall be homeward bound, across the Pacific, round Cape Horn and Northward, across the Atlantic and the English Channel.