|The winds of August. Those big islands are the Kodiak archipelago, just off the Alaska Peninsula.
For much of the summer, when the days are long and the temperatures are high, the Gulf of Alaska is a complete millpond. No wind at all for weeks and weeks, a veritable ashes and sackcloth land of the damned when it comes to getting anywhere under sail.
Then there's a transition period, towards the end of summer, when the winds start to pick up, but aren't yet gales. Experience says that this period lasts for about...two days.
Then, some time in September, the bounds of polite restraint are cast off, and Kodiakers start dreaming about time shares in Arizona.
This year, the first really good blow arrived at the tail end of August - that's the forecast for today (above).
Tonight, as we listen to the rigging hum, we are reminded...while the Falklands and such places might beat us for year around winds, there are few places that can compete with Kodiak when it comes to plain old crap weather.
But the diesel heater is warm, and we're snug at the dock, and as happy to be on Galactic as we could be anywhere.