Not So Calm Anymore
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Not So Calm Anymore

Not So Calm Anymore

Not So Calm Anymore
The barometer alarm has gone off twice a already. A pressure drop of 1mb per hour is indicative of gales and triggers it. I’ve been on deck checking on our anchoring arrangement as the wind gusts to 40 knots.
I picked the south shore of the harbour knowing that I would be relatively exposed to the northerly winds of the approaching low. The south shore offers limited protection from south and southwest winds which are forecast to be stronger and longer lasting that the northerlies so here we sit.

Seaburban’s normal complement of anchoring gear sits at home on Gabriola Island. Our storm anchor and normal anchor rode are there. I brought along our best bower, our spare bow anchor, a kedging anchor, 3 shots of chain (2 of 50 feet and 1 of 35) and 600 ft of 3/4 in nylon brait also in 3 sections (1 of 250 feet and 2 of 175). Just about everything does double duty. For instance, the 35 foot section of chain is the 35lb weight for the Jordan Series Drogue and the 250 foot length of 3/4 is the spare Galerider or Shark Drogue rode.

It took close to 2 hours to disgorge all this stuff and get it ready to go over the side. I’m anchored expecting extreme conditions and took no shortcuts while preparing it all despite the conditions yesterday evening. We are anchored in tandem as follows: the 35lb Mantus on 35 feet of 5/16 G4 is attached to the crown of a 55lb Spade; The Spade is shackled to 50 feet of 5/16 G4; and that 50 feet of chain is shackled to 250 feet of 3/4in brait. We are in 26 feet of water, bottom is soft mud, and I’ve got a scope close to 7:1 not counting the 35 feet of chain attached to the Mantus. So far so good. We are glued to the bottom despite the gusts and chop. Fingers crossed it will stay that way but I am in edge thinking what ifs.

Like all single-masted sailboats, we veer 30 degrees port and starboard but with so much nylon rode out, it’s far gentler than if we were on an all chain rode and only using nylon snubbers for shock absorption. If I could limit the tendency to veer, I would. Nothing I’ve tried in the past satisfied and I’m not in the about to conduct any experiments today.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

  • Karin Hill
    Posted at 15:27h, 13 July Reply

    Been following you for a couple of months now. What an amazing journey! Your blog is insightful and humorous. Almost home. Safe travels!

  • MountainJack
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 July Reply

    Has to be an amazing feeling to be so near home, Bert.

    Have spent months at sea “steaming”, not sailing, gaining my sea legs with the constant motion just became second nature. Getting back to a stable platform at dockside or over on the beach left me wobbly for a day or two. Cannot imagine how you’ll feel after a year of hardly ever being stable. There is that other thing having been on your own for that long; the familiarity of constant aloneness , the feeling of approach avoidance, being forced back into humanity. Might feel as though you could just extend a little bit more and savor the experience just a little longer…naw, probably not.

    Welcome back home, Bert. You’ve completed one heck of a feat.

  • Arthur Oliver
    Posted at 04:33h, 15 July Reply

    Getting oh so close. What’s the ETA?

  • estelle C whiddon
    Posted at 02:58h, 16 July Reply

    Bert, your homecoming Saturday will be a joyous occasion! I have followed the voyage daily and hope your arrival home brings much joy.

  • Peter Jungschaffer
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 July Reply

    This has been so great. Thank you!!!

  • BT
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 July Reply

    Hi Bert, you are just a few hours away from home. We are cheering for your most successful journey. We are especially amazed at the sailing conditions below Australia and New Zealand, as we can have some very big polar blasts hit us at this time of the year. Cannot imagine what it was like to sail through that type of weather. Can only take of hats off to you I amazement. Hope that you make it to Oz for a visit. What a wonderful achievement you have accomplished. /bt

  • Antonio Corbelletta
    Posted at 16:15h, 18 July Reply

    Congratulations! What an adventure! Well done. I have enjoyed tracking your voyage everyday just wish I would have know about it earlier, from the beginning.

  • Suzan
    Posted at 18:13h, 18 July Reply

    Yeahhhhhhhhh Bert!!! You have done it!!!
    Happy Homecoming – And stay safe!!!
    It isn’t the same world that you left!!
    I’m going to miss reading your travels and your adventures!! But thrilled that you’re home (almost) safe and sound!!
    Next trip around the world, hope that you’ll stop along the way and post your photos of the locals and the ports!!

  • Raegan Elford
    Posted at 19:23h, 18 July Reply

    Soldier who has logged more sea time than this Navy sailor.
    What an incredible accomplishment (the journey vice logging more sea time than I)

  • Marianne Scott
    Posted at 18:25h, 19 July Reply

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! I guess we will have to put up a plaque commemorating your voyage on the Victoria Harbour wall.

    Hope to see you this week.

    Marianne Scott

  • Tom Cory
    Posted at 07:40h, 23 July Reply

    Congradulations Bert from Annapolis MD. A Great Adventure.

  • Mark
    Posted at 12:24h, 29 July Reply

    I don’t think that anyone that attended Estevan Junior High could have imagined that this was in the future for one of it’s students. I checked in at different legs of the journey and was fascinated every time. Congrats!

  • Marcel Neamtu
    Posted at 07:14h, 06 December Reply

    What an adventure! But i do have a comment about the structure of the blog: it’s very hard for a late reader to read your earlier posts in a timely order or something. Very annoying to scroll all the time to your earlier there anything or I can be done? Am I missing something? If yes, pardon my ignorance.
    Cheers and take care!

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