Topic: Stars

1-6. Below 50S

Feb 26, 2005 - 1455hrs UTC

Sitrep: 1455hrs 26 Feb 2005 UTC 52’54”S 109’05”W Map Ref 83

Still moving – still according to plan – VMGVelocity made good – loosely, speed in the right direction. in the 6s & 7s. Oh joy! Long background warehouse-sized swell that keeps us rolling gently as we swish away the … Continue reading

1-11. South Atlantic-26°S

Apr 11, 2005 – 1530hrs UTC

1530hrs 11 Apr 2005 UTC Map Ref 162

This looks like being long and gossipy. I saw a flying fish today – we must be getting close to the tropics – its about 28 -30 degrees, humid, hazy – tough going. Not really enough wind and heading us badly, so … Continue reading

1-12. 26°S-Nose Brazil

Apr 23, 2005 - 0700hrs UTC

0700hrs 23 Apr 2005 UTC Map Ref 179 I’ve just crashed sailmail and lost the message I’d been working on for most of yesterday and tonight. So here goes all over: Odd sort of birthday – from the sailing angle, no fun at all – becalmed most of the day in searing heat, boat a sweatbox, no escape. Redeemed by satphone calls from my family and the last 2 bottles of Dr Cooper’s special which we’d been cooling in our outside fridge … Continue reading

1-12. 26°S-Nose Brazil

Apr 26, 2005 – 2245hrs UTC

2245hrs 26 Apr 2005 UTC Map Ref 185

Everything that can ever be said about the night sky has been said somewhere. I have just spent a mesmerising hour on deck, about two hours after sunset, no moon to start with, but the whole of the Great BearGreat Bear / … Continue reading

1-12. 26°S-Nose Brazil

Apr 28, 2005 - 2330hrs UTC

2330hrs 28 Apr 2005 UTC Map Ref 189

I will try to describe how it feels to be sailing through the night out here. No Moon, yet not dark. I’m standing in the cockpit, leaning on the dodgerAn awning that covers a small part of the forward part of … Continue reading

1-13. Across the Equator

May 01, 2005 - 1020hrs UTC

1020hrs 01 May 2005 UTC Map Ref 194

Honoured GustsShort increases in wind speed – or people who signed the Gust Book., Readers and Occasional Browsers, Greetings. Those among you who have had difficulty with jokes about Golgafrinchan Telephone Sanitisers and MarvinThe manically depressed robot with a “brain the size … Continue reading

1-13. Across the Equator

May 05, 2005 – 0600hrs UTC

0600hrs 05 May 2005 UTC Map Ref 201

Is there no end to this guy spouting on about the night sky? do I hear all y’all moaning into your cornies/ Well, here’s a bit more – on these clear moonless nights the Bowl of Night is so intensely beautiful … Continue reading

1-13. Across the Equator

May 07, 2005 - 2115hrs UTC

Somewhere in Australian literature there’s a book or story called “Call me when the Cross turns over”. This would be obscure today to most Australians, I expect, because to appreciate just how the Cross does turn over, you need a horizon and a clear view of most of the sky. It’s very obvious from here … Continue reading

1-14. Nearly to Falmouth

May 13, 2005 - 0935hrs UTC

0935hrs 13 May 2005 UTC 17’29”N 035’24”W Map Ref 215 4929nm (2442nm to Falmouth)

A bit over an hour ago, (now much more at send time…) we crossed 1640N. Why is this worth mentioning? – just another number except that it is exactly 1000 miles north of the equator. … Continue reading

1-14. Nearly to Falmouth

Malcom’s info on the Milky Way

The Milky way is just 100,000 light year wide (diameter). Our sun is 26,000 light years from the center. The bulge of the disk at the center protudes 12,000 light years either side. The Milky way contains at least 250 billion stars, perhaps over 1 trillion.

By contrast the … Continue reading

1-14. Nearly to Falmouth

May 15, 2005 - 1030hrs UTC

1030hrs 15 May 2005 UTC Map Ref 219 Propagation dreadful this morning (15/1030Z) – you may not get this till tomorrow Z – started yesterday evening local. Last night: The Great big Bear is up in the top spreaders and – all going well – should be up over the masthead in a couple of nights. So the flea has humped its bluey all the way round the curve of the pachydermatous rump and is approaching the nice sunny bit half way up the topside. … Continue reading

1-21. Equator to Left Turn

Sep 21, 2005 - 1015hrs UTC │RORC Award

DB 125, 9,907 (GPS 135). Truckin’ along reasonably well, touch wood, hold me breff till me eyes pop and waltzing matilda. I think we have hooked into the Brazil current too, which is nice. A bit short of sailmail connection time because of all the Belmore South answers, so this will be short. … Continue reading

1-21. Equator to Left Turn

Sep 22, 2005 - 0915hrs UTC

0915hrs 22 Sep 2005 UTC 04’33”S 026’38”W Ref 381

DB: 121, 9786 (GPS 125) My propagationIn the logs, this refers to the radiation of signal energy and is customarily qualified by the words abysmal, ratshit or lousy window now ends at about 0900, resuming again if we’re lucky, at around … Continue reading

1-22. Still heading south south east

Sep 29, 2005 – 0445hrs UTC │Henry Knight: Key explanation

0445hrs 29 Sep 2005 UTC 19’01”S 026’52”W Ref 392

Mal – I think half way down the Atlantic was just north of the equator. By my calculations, we have sailed about 4400 miles from Falmouth and we have 2700 to go to a point south of Cape Town. And 9000 … Continue reading

Oct 04, 2005 - 2315hrs UTC

02315rs 04 Oct 2005 UTC 28’27”S 022’19”W Ref 415 Where do I start? How do I keep this going for another 65 days? First – today had that element of magic that blasts away the awfulness of the last couple of weeks with radiance and warmth – bright, dampish sunshine, the old barge a clothes horse for every mouldy sock and festering shirt, for wet weather gear and the boot ferals, for, indeed, those delicate parts of the anatomy that tend themselves to fester when unable to hang out – as it were. … Continue reading

1-28. How Low To Go? Towards 45°S

Nov 05, 2005 – 2150hrs UTC

2150hrs 05 Nov 2005 UTC 40’13”S 040’34”E Ref 524

About 5 hours ago, I was out shaking the reefs – furious rolling, decks covered in running water, but I was sustained by the vision of the Moon and Venus close together in a clear patch of sky surrounded by a … Continue reading

2-9. Greenland-N.Atlantic-Falmouth

K: Stars

Hey Suze – this one’s for you!

I’ve been watching the stars in between clouds over the last few nights and thought of you with the star chart out on calm nights in the Clipper race. Your favourite big lazy W has been hanging up there. I couldn’t remember it’s … Continue reading

2-12. Lisbon-Equator

This, that and the Examiner

0200/15th 2810 01821

Cloudless, moonless night sky, light haze, so the universe and all its marvel and mystery shining through lightly frosted glass. Wonderful! Two light trails on the water – Jupiter, setting to the west, and Sirius, just risen to the east. Mintaka, our zenith star for the equator … Continue reading

2-12. Lisbon-Equator

Mintaka tops

0700/01 position 0109 02304 trip 107/24 we’ve had about a knot– Speed: definition of speed at sea. One knot is one nautical mile per hour. The nautical mile is about 1.15 % longer than the “statute” mile used on land. A knot is about half a metre per second. — … Continue reading