Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Where's circumnavigator Jeanne? On the blower

Circumnavigator Jeanne Socrates, 76, on Nereida sails into her last month at sea, now well north in the North Pacific, with the wily old Southern Ocean left far behind.
The major danger she faces now comes from tropical revolving storms, two of which are loitering, seemingly with intent.
This is along her track back to the home port of Victoria, British Columbia, which she sailed from on 3rd October.
The National Hurricane Centre reported that storm Flossie – at 12.2°N 120.5°W - was about to swell to hurricane strength.

A major hurricane

The fury is travelling west at 15 mph. The maximum sustained winds were blowing at 70 mph, with minimum pressure at 999mb.
Meanwhile, storm Erick (seemingly American spelling) becomes a major hurricane far east-south-east of Hawaii, the centre reports.
Early this morning, the hurricane was travelling at 17 mph at 13.4°N x 142.8°W.
 Sustained gusts are blasting at 115 mph.
It makes sense that Jeanne has decided to slow to a dawdle. You might imagine that passing time like that when home is but three weeks away could be utterly frustrating. However, true to her gender, she's keeping busy on the blower.
Continues on the blogs for my ocean adventuring book, Sailing to Purgatory, at http://sailingtopurgatory.com/index.php/feeds/424-where-s-circumnavigator-jeanne-on-the-blower


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