Dark Star Daily Update – July 8

1) 0800 PDT Position is: 27 deg 37 min N, 132 deg 16 min W

2) CONDITIONS
– Sea: SWELL 4-6′, 1-2′ WIND WAVES
– Sky: HEAVY OVERCAST
– Wind Oscillating 020-035M 16KTS
– Pressure 103.2kPa/1032mB

3) RANDOM COMMENTS: It has been said that prison is a lot like the navy, only with better company. To that we might add better food, more reliable access to the outside world, more personal space, better hygiene and (unless your transgression landed you in a Siberian work camp) a lot more sunlight. We’ve all just about had enough of this heavy overcast and have been searching the boat for anything we can sacrifice to the sun gods. The problem appears to be that they don’t actually want anything we have onboard. Would someone on a boat with better appointments please step up and take one for the fleet? Thanks in advance from all of us.

In the absence of any celestial bodies whatsoever, we have been honing our skills with the sextant by bringing down sights using random clouds or our masthead. Oddly a useful exercise as the mathematics is one thing but getting used to the physical mechanics of operating a precision instrument on a heaving deck is quite another.

On the brighter side, we have a wall chart that we’ve brought on every pacific crossing and have noted that at this point in the 2014 Pac Cup we had lots of sun and not a shred of wind for three days.

We’ll take the wind, thanks!