On the road again

by Jessica Miller

July 27, 2006

The following posting is from Adam, who is onboard in the Bering Sea…

It’s a day of straight passage making with nothing else on the agenda. In fact we are racing as fast as the big ol’ diesel below me will take us (8kn plus or minus current), to a safe little bay on the north side of Nunivak island, about 170nm south south east of St Lawrence. The reason I call it a safe little bay is that there is a storm approaching from the south west, 40kn winds and 15 foot seas, and we really don’t want to have to be out in that if we can possibly avoid it. When they give those numbers in a forecast it can mean a lot worse. If you have a 15 foot swell that coincides with another swell and the wind waves get piled up on top of that, and at the same time you happen to get a stronger than 40kn gust, it can all add up to mean a terrifying moment for our little ship. A nice deep bay on the north side of a mountainous island is exactly where we want to be. All things going well (touch wood) we will be in way ahead of trouble.
Not much to talk about campaign wise today. It’s a mental day off from the world of climate change and sea mammals. A day for getting the domestics done, maintenance on the boat, reading, writing, and watching vids, catching up on sleep. Sleep is a wonderful thing at sea. The rocking of the boat makes it possible to go to sleep anytime you want to. You can sleep 6 or 8 hours, get up, do a few things and if there’s nothing else to do, lay back down and fall right back to sleep. Something I cant do on land.
Well I guess that’s about it for todays update. If something interesting happens I’ll add it before we do our evening up/download.

I hope the Yup’ik are having a lovely day!

Adam

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