Dark Star Update – July 4

1) 0800 PDT Position is: 31 deg 59 min N, 119 deg 48 min W

2) CONDITIONS
– Sea: LOW SWELL, 1-2′ WIND WAVES
– Sky: OVERCAST
– Wind 330M 6KTS GUST 10
– Pressure 102.7kPa/1027mB

3) COMMENTS: More wind than expected last night and a beautiful moonlit sail. Currently socked in with low overcast. Starting to settle into a routine. Arrival Pool has been initiated:

Al: 12d 12h
Brad: 11d 20h
Andrew: 14d 6h
Chris: 13d 11h

Winner buys the rum!

Sailmail and iridium phone are a tag team from hell. Sailmail is stuck in a feedback loop so that no matter what we request for weather data it returns the same very large file that jams up the pipeline. I’ve been at the computer for three hours this morning trying to get it working properly! Ack!

On a sweeter note, yesterday was a gorgeous bluebird day to begin the race. Aloha!