November 5, 2018
Noon Position: 26 45S 128 59W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SxW 5
Wind(t/tws): SExS 10
Sea(t/ft): E 3
10ths Cloud Cover: 2
Bar(mb): 1021, falling
Cabin Temp(f): 81
Water Temp(f): 73
Relative Humidity(%): 55 (dry)
Sail: #2 genoa, main, full; close hauled (AWA roughly 40 degrees)
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 125
Miles since departure: 4248
Avg. Miles/Day: 133
Wind has tailed off and gone SE. We’re cruising the top of a high, and, sadly, we’re giving up much of the easting made over the last weeks. Another day of this and then becalmed a day and then wind goes south, allowing a tack to the east. Within a week we should start to feel the tops of the big lows currently passing toward Cape Horn.
A friend sends me regular reports on the tribulations of the Golden Globe Race skippers, who have been experiencing knockdowns, broken masts, boat abandonments and at-sea rescues. No one’s escaped without being raked. I think at this point they are all through the Indian, but now Cape Horn looms.
Not encouraging reading.
All while Mo and I make four knots in the wrong direction. I’m in no hurry. Thus the #1 is still rolled.
On a cheerier note, below is a video of scenes from the SE Trades…
This article was syndicated from The Figure 8 Voyage