Starr 9/30/15 underway to Hawaii

Starr 9/30/15 underway to Hawaii

We have been running the rumb line from Cape Flattery to Hawaii with the engine at 1500rpm making 8-9kts at 1g/nm. We had a North wind on our stern at 20-34kts, which on Starr wa a very comfortable ride. The sea water temp has gone up from 62f to 67.5f.

Starr 30/13Z, (0700PDT)

39 43N, 129 50W

670nm out of Seattle

350nm WNW of San Fransisco

Used 500usg out of 3600usg of fuel.

Our weather guru has advised us to alter course East of the rum line, so last night we altered course, reduced engine rpm to 1250rpm and slowed down to 7-8kts. This cuts our fuel usage down to 5gal/nm and extends our range to 4000+nm using our remaining 3100usg. If we stay on the waypoints listed below we should have fuel reserves to accommodate an additional 12-1600nm beyond the 2380nm projected from our position today to Honolulu.

Here is what our trusty weather guru says:

“The mid and SW Pacific (N hemisphere) is a minefield at present per courtesy of El Nino. Your journey down the pacific looks good – it’s when to turn right and make the westing that is the biggest challenge. The latest run of the EC model (best model for +5 to 10 days) has sharpened up a tropical low coming N-NNE from lower latitudes. It crosses Hawaii on 6th (Z/UTC time) then to 26/151 on 8th and then speeds up to be 34/145 on 9th. That has cyclonic winds and you need to miss it and give it a good clearance. This is a fair way out and timing and track may change. The track is likely to hold – heading NNE as it is pulled into the main system well to the north – so the main avoidance is to hold east (as per yesterday’s WP) and if necessary slow a bit to give it more clearance.”

So, with this advice, our new course is as follows.

Using the waypoints 39/130; 30/133; 25/135; 21/145 and then straight to Honolulu (or somewhere in the islands) makes the run about 2380nm.

Revised Route
After already having run 670nm, we still have around 3100gallons of fuel on board. With that we can still run another 4000nm or more depending on how much we slow down.

Our fuel consumption for 2380nm at 7-7.5kts will be 1600-1900gal. We are currently making 7.7knts at 5gph. This leaves us 1200gal or more in reserve, which is 1600nm at 7knts, or 1200nm at 8-9kts.

 Our ETA are as follows:

39/130 30/16Z

30/133 3/23Z

25/135 5/19Z

21/145 9/7Z

21/157 13/14Z (Honolulu)

 All is well on board. Doug MacQuarrie made a delicious frittata for lunch yesterday. Doug Cole is working on improving the ham radio reception.

Sharry is very happy that the winds have been 1-2knts on our stern for the past 18 hrs w/ a full moon at night and sunny blue skies during the day.

 Don & Sharry
  • Peter Powell
    Posted at 12:41h, 30 September Reply

    SUBJECT: RE: Starr 9/30/15 underway to Hawaii

    How are the waves? Height and frequency? Straight off the stern or quartering? Hoping Starr, with the bigger rudders, handles it well!!

    Truly wish I was there with you guys! Miss the open ocean.


    Peter W Powell

  • Steve Komorous
    Posted at 12:48h, 30 September Reply

    SUBJECT: RE: Starr 9/30/15 underway to Hawaii

    Hi Don and Sharry:

    Love it and thank you for the communication. Send pictures too of the boat and etc.

    Let”s all have a wonderful Wednesday and safe voyages.

    God Bless,

    Steve Komorous


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  • Douglas McClaflin
    Posted at 12:59h, 30 September Reply

    SUBJECT: Re: Starr 9/30/15 underway to Hawaii

    > All sounds good, we are having our first rain here in the Bay Area in over six months. A good time to head out of Dodge for the warm airs of Hawaii.

    Smooth sailing.

    Regards Doug & Cindy

  • Douglas McClaflin
    Posted at 13:35h, 30 September Reply

    SUBJECT: Re: Starr 9/30/15 underway to Hawaii

    > A fun site……,-136.934,4

  • Tim Farris
    Posted at 13:57h, 30 September Reply

    SUBJECT: Re: Starr 9/30/15 underway to Hawaii

    Hi Doug,

    Received two messages. Safe travels.


    > On Sep 30, 2015, at 10:35 AM, Starr”s Blog wrote:

  • Tad Lhamon
    Posted at 03:17h, 01 October Reply

    SUBJECT: Fuel consumption

    Don, nice track and results so far. Do you really mean 5 g/nm; the 600+ miles with 500 gal fuel used looks more like .8+ g/nm. Tad (now atop Mt Lagazoui at 9000” in the Dolomites where it”s snowing!)

    Tad Lhamon 206.427.8463 Sent from my iPad

  • Debbie Galbraith
    Posted at 08:50h, 02 October Reply

    Hello dear Brother Dougie…I’m sending you ‘healing hugs’ for your back…xox Debbie G =).

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