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    David of S/V Temerity here . Thursday 2040hrs position 37deg 54min 123deg 13 min.

    Saw a whale about 90 min ago south of Pt Reyes. Green Buffalo is about 2nm W of me.

    For some reason my radio reception is very weak for Green Buffalo and a number of other boats on Ch 69, even using 25 W for xmit. Also, right around the start of roll call, most of the AIS targets on my display dropped except Racer X, who is now 2.5 nm due South of me. Very mysterious, I hope my antenna is not messed up. Perhaps it is due to the coming of sunset and atmospheric effects. I guess we will see in the morning.

    I am also not able to hail Green Buffalo or Domino on Ch 16 using the masthead or a handheld. Domino was a nice strong signal on ch 69 though. Perhaps no one is guarding ch 16. Oh well.


    My new AP from Brian is working great.

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    And from Mike Jefferson on Mouton Noir:
    ______

    Greeting from the sea, where there is very light shifty wind, but the sea state is pretty flat. Very difficult to get west. Most boats are around the longitude of the Farallones, give or take a few miles. Here are the positions:

    At 2000 hours july 9, 2015
    Crazy Rhythm N37:48, W123:01, 206T,5.5K
    Domino N37:56, 123:01, 247T, 5.2K

    Galaxsea N37:53, W123:02, 248T, 4.0
    Green Buffalo W37:56, W123:13, 239T, 4.4K
    Jacqueline N37:48, W122:55,217T, 4.3K

    Lightspeed N37:48, W123:05, 292T,3K
    Mouton Noir N37:48, W122:54, 210T, 4.6K
    RacerX N37:47, W122:58, 245T, ?

    southenaire N37:49, W122:53,215T, 4.5K
    Temerity N37:54, W123:11, 253T 4.5K
    Flying Penguin N37:45, W123:05, 204T, ?? AIS position

    Tijd N37:42, W 123:02, 288T, 3.4K
    Tortuga N37:49, W122:52, 210T, 5K
    Ventus N37:44, W123:06 ?? AIS position
    _______

    No report from Nina. Certa Ceto has retired and is safely back inside the bay.

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    Subject: inReach message from Dirk Husselman

    Turning around. I'm worried I might miss my flight to Holland if I continue...

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    Subject: inReach message from Richard Elkins

    Little vhf hed 194 Sp 1. 5K glass LS

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    From David Nabors on Temerity: 1 out 6 (chocolate) bars down. It is now a slatfest here, no wind, just bobbing.

    I have some disturbing radio issues, as I said in the other email . Maybe it is just nighttme atmospheric effects or something. I have some Game of Thrones episodes on the iPad, maybe it is just time to watch some TV and go to sleep like at home

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    From: "Carl M Jefferson" <svmoutonnoir@ocens.net>
    Date: July 10, 2015 at 10:44:45 AM PDT
    To: Susan Walker <walkersr@att.net>
    Subject: Update from the desert


    Hi Jan,Susan, and Max;
    Thanks for the update. Mouton Noir had a tough night. Little wind, and it keeps oscillating by large amounts. We are sailing "well", but the wind is mostly generated by boat motion, so tacking angles are horrible. Very difficult to make westing. Anyway, I was pretty beat, and didn't get to roll call this morning. My position at 1035 is N37:31, W123:16. Currently wind has shigted north and we can get westing, but only 2 knots boat speed. Tijd is headed home. They passed a few yards away 2 hours ago, and are slowly motoring towards the gate from our current position (close enough!!). Jacqueline is about 2 miles to port, also heading west.

    It is glassy and there is a fair amount of shipping traffic, fishing boats, and sea creatures. LOTS!! of living stuff last night passing by the Farallones. Splashing, breathing, bad breath... the usual stuff.

    Currently we are flying the nylon "Code 0", which is working well. Carliane and I have discussed throwing in the towel, but will hang in there until tomorrow. The forecast looks dismal for finishing the race, but we have plenty of food, and are in no particular hurry to call it quits.
    THe sailing is pretty frustrating. I think most will have tracks that look pretty gruesome, wandering around the GUlf of the Farallones like Moses. We have been up towards Pt REyes, and are now well south of the Farallones. Not pretty, but the LongPac never is.

    I hope to get a few people tonight.

    All the best,
    Michael

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    Subject: inReach message from william cunningham

    Jacqueline reporting too far from other boats to get good vhf shorts and t shirt wx but no wind

    View the location or send a reply to william cunningham:
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    Subject: inReach message from Richard Elkins

    Can not hear vhf roll c 243 S 3K all ok - Saetta is motoring home LS

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    From: "Carl M Jefferson" <svmoutonnoir@ocens.net>
    Date: July 10, 2015 at 9:10:50 PM PDT
    To: Susan Walker <walkersr@att.net>
    Subject: Checkin July 10

    Hello Jan, Max, and Susan,
    It has been a light and frustrating day. Glassy seas, light air. Pleasant sailing, but the track looks like a dog's breakfast, and we have real troule getting west. LOots of whales, some quite close, and we saw some molas, a most peculiar fish right at the boat, along with a bird that looked very much like an albatross.

    Reetirees I know of: TIJD, who motored by us a few feet away to say hello, and Southernaire, who is anchored tonight in Drakes Bay.

    Here are positions as of 2000 hours July 10.
    Crazy Rythmn: N37:34, W123:52. 210T, 3.2K
    Galaxsea: N37:43, W124:00, 207T, 2.1K
    Jacqueline: N37:40, W 123:22, 310T, 2.5K
    Mouton Noir:N37:31, W123:24, 320T, 3K


    Most other boats are spread out too far for VHF contact. No sign of Green Buffalo on VHF or SSB today.

    As I was typing, the wind came up to 9 knots!!! So we rolled up the 150% nylon MPG and unrolled tehh 150% heavy genoa. The boat is actually heeling over!!

    We may decide to bag it tomorrow, but no decision yet. The wind has been oscillating from true west to northwest to southwest, and always so light you need to sail large angles to get any speed on the boat. Basically difficult to sail west at all.

    THings are fine on MN. Any info to pass along to the troops is appreciated.

    All the best,
    Michael
    S/V Mouton Noir

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    PHONE CALL from Mile Rock

    RACER X was there for the race. Once out there, etc. determined it was not gonna be a race so they are headed in. Rich did say he and Mary never saw more than 5K of wind and boat speed never got above 3K. He did suffer an electrical meltdown on the way home which he said was "perfect timing" and all is well now. They should be home shortly.

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