Thursday, September 17, 2009

Weathering

At first we had decided that even though the weather was going to be bad, we could handle it. Then the next weather report came in calling for winds in two days 5kts higher than the last report. We thought, OK we can still handle it and kept sailing. Then the next report came in with wind 5kts higher than that with gusts even higher. It was time to find a spot to weather. There really aren't any cruising guides for this area so we made for the nicest looking port on the map, 42 miles out of our way - Wainwright. We found the depths there to be 2 feet lower than charted as discovered by our depth sounder, namely out keel. We ended up grounding four times on our way in, pulled off by the local rescue boat captained by Chuck Wagon (that really is his name). Aparentely when a storm is coming the water level here drops. Nice. We are here, while the wind howls over our head, hanging on our trusty CQR anchor. We are glad for this little bit of rest since we have been going non-stop since Greenland a month ago (with frantic refuel breaks). It was nice to sleep more than four hours last night. We will likely be here until Sunday night or Monday morning. We needed the break. Right now it is too windy to launch our dingy to get into town, but we hope to on Saturday when things quiet down a little. We get to listen to everything that is happening in town though, because the entire town seems to talk on marine channel 9. Birthdays, announcements, greetings, and parents telling children to come home are all heard, just about continually. We are warm, resting, and everyone is OK.

Rolland for the Trowbridges

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was looking at the chart for Wainwright... & was wondering about those depths!

So does Chuck Wagon help you get back out (or will 2 ft be enough)?

Is the tidal range really only 0.5 ft?

Trey said...

Welcome back to America!

Jonathan said...

I just found this blog today while looking for information on gaff-rigged Hess cutters*, and boy am I glad I did! What an adventure! Even my girlfriend wants to go cruising now! I'm 27, so if I hurry, maybe I can be out there by the time I'm your age!

*I recently decided I'd like to build one, or something quite similar, and am researching potential rigging solutions.

Anonymous said...

We're thinking of you and thrilled (and amazed) at your progress! D & Z Rixmann

Maurice Bernie said...

Thinking of you all. I hope the weather will improve. I check that 230 zone daily...
Blessings, Maurice

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear how your prolonged visit to Wainwright has been.

Weather window on NOAA looks like it will be Wed?