Winter Solstice

In the Northern hemisphere so today is the shortest day. Near the equator so it doesn t matter. Fair winds and following seas  🙂


Mohammad ‘s Birthday

Today is December 1. This is the Prophet Mohammad s birthday. Since my  knowledge of Islam is very scant I don t know the proper way to acknowledge this fact. I did not, however, want it to pass unacknowledged. Fair winds and following seas  🙂

Worst Solar Day

Today is the solstice. If you are “down under” as Reboot is at the moment it is the shortest day of the year. If I was “home” (home is where the IRS thinks I live) then it is the longest day of the year. So, happy solstice! As a cruising sailor today has significant emotional connotations. Long term cruising viability depends on two things: food and power. It is unlikely that one could catch enough food to survive in the long term. So we provision. Power on the other hand represents a set of trade offs. We can use fuel to move or make water. We use it to run the navigation electronics, communications and lights. Reboot has two sources of fuel: diesel and solar. (Some boats also have wind generators.) Since like food we can only replenish diesel in port solar is a very significant source of power. Today is the worst day for solar power generation. (Yes, rainy and cloudy days are bad but they are not cyclical.) The shortest day means least power generation, the longest night most power

Sydney departure

Leaving Sydney today. Heading north. May stop to see Aimee (biosecurity) in Bundaberg. ETA Bundaberg 8 days. 3 pob + 1 cat. Daily position report via sat phone to WINLINK. Fair winds and following seas. :)Roger Jones/Sailboat RebootUS Doc 1046300/Sail # USA 60493Radio WDB8435/W2ZDB+61 (0) 476 768 335