Trouble Brewing
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Trouble Brewing

Trouble Brewing

Trouble Brewing

It may not look like much, but I am surrounded by showers. We’ve had very light rain on board this morning so I’m calling that the first precipitation in more than two weeks. The clouds and rain are indicative of convection as a result of a generalized low-pressure area south of the Baja Peninsula.

Last night there was very prominent jet stream cirrus and an ominous halo glowing brightly in the light of a full moon. None of those are really good weather signs.

Checking emails after posting last night, I saw that John Bullas had been trying to contact me. John is a retired professional meteorologist and a good friend. Tracking weather along my route, John wanted to alert me to the 2 tropical disturbances to the south.

Grib files I had been downloading shows a significant increase in sea state over the next couple of days but winds remaining below 25 knots. The cirrus, the halo, the grib files and John’s warnings all add up to Trouble with a capital T.

This morning’s weather routing had me squeezing between the two disturbances. One due south traveling west at 12N and not much concern. The other, however, headed my way but mostly north but leaving me exposed to the dangerous semi-circle.

I’ve decided to give the fellow at 12N 113W some breathing room. If he goes north, I’m going west. The batteries needed charging and the engine its weekly run so I’m killing three birds with one stone.

Fingers crossed today for sure…

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  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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