Squall Busting

Squalls everywhere: A challenge yet an opportunity. We have lots of miles to make out.

The Moon-Bow. If you haven’t seen one, go look for one!

This I can’t take a picture of. But it’s cool and rare. There is an essentially full moon that makes the whole Ocean glitter. Moving across our track, diagonally, with more or less the speed of the wind are squall clouds. And then… the rarest thing had us all in awe. Our rookie, Seth-the-Santa-Cruz-Surfer spots it first… A Moonbow!!!! (Rainbow of the night) You don’t see those often, you can’t see them on photographs. The bright light of the moon playing with the giant prism encapsulated in the raindrops of a huge squall. Low, gigantic, totally mysterious. If you haven’t seen one, you must. Somewhere, over the Moon-bow….

Looking for more wind

Looking for more wind
Looking for more wind

Looking for more wind: everything seems a bit warmer and less windy. Squalls are already forming in the early afternoon.

The Hawaiian Koa‘e

The Hawaiian Koa‘e
The Hawaiian Koa‘e

The Tropicbird, Hawaiian Koa‘e, just greeted us, 1000 miles off any land. This very elegant bird likes to come and hunt flying fish while staying in the air for weeks at a time. They’ll also dive for prey if they spot any. The genetic lineage of the Tropicbird is a bit of a mystery. A gorgeous site that had the whole team on watch in awe.

Position Update: July 12, 6:00pm

Philippe uses MotionX-GPS HD on the iPad and is sharing with you the following track:

Name: Transpacific 2011-4
Start Date: July 8, 2011 1:33 pm
Map: View on Map
Total Distance: 1,195 nautical miles
Elapsed Time: 100:28:39
Avg Speed: 11.9 kts
Max Speed: 20.5 kts
Avg Pace: 05’03” per nm
Min Altitude: 0 ft
Max Altitude: 0 ft
Start Time: 2011-07-08T20:33:46Z
Start Location:
Latitude: 33º 38′ 19″ N
Longitude: 118º 22′ 07″ W
End Location:
Latitude: 24º 27′ 20″ N
Longitude: 137º 08′ 58″ W