Day Ninety in the Roaring Forties

2 Mar

February 28, 2019/Day 147

Noon Position: 46 44S  138 22W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): Up/Down and Sideways…

Wind(t/tws): SW to NW 9

Miles since departure: 20,205

Avg. Miles/Day: 137


Day ninety in the Roaring Forties demonstrates that the forties do not roar every day.

Overnight we were becalmed. When the WHAP WHAP of the main is continual and invading one’s dream, then it’s time to put the dear out of her misery. I lowered sail at 3am. We drifted until dawn.

The variability of wind direction this morning has been stunning. I set the poles early, when the wind suggested it might be from the west for a time. And then I let Mo go her own way–dead downwind–whatever that might be–until noon. This photo of the chart plotter tells the tale.

The calm gave me a chance to shoot a short video report, the first in quite a while…

This article was syndicated from The Figure 8 Voyage


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