Sunday, March 27, 2011

Our At-Sea Routine

There are several specific tasks that our days center around. The first and foremost is maintain a watch schedule. I usually take the first watch at 2100 and get off at 0000. Corie comes on then and gets Ruthie up at 0300 and then I come back on at 0600. We don't keep a scheduled watch during the day - it seems that if anything bad is going to happen, it happens at night. Meals are the next specific task but those we're still kind of ad libbing - we don't have a schedule with who does what but our meals have all been good and we have tons of snack food on board. Keeping the batteries charged is very important and it's a little disappointing in how much energy we use. We're having the run the generator longer and longer but there's not much we can do about it. The solar panels just don't put out enough to be a significant source of energy. The final task is emailing - we send a daily email to our weather router, one to our blog and one to request weather information. We're so grateful that we got the Iridium phone as our emails go out and come in (assuming people write us, ahem) very quickly. I'm just afraid that the bill for this speedy convenience is going to be astronomical.

We've been making good time up to now. The winds have gotten lighter and that means we go slower but still, the days pass quickly.

We send our warmest regards to all.
At 3/27/2011 4:54 PM (utc) Rutea's position was 14°42.27'N 114°09.86'W

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