The night of Dec 5 was relatively benign with subdued winds following a brief period of total calm. Its extraordinary that the same ocean that only a few days ago tossed us so violently from side to side and up and down that it felt as if you were literally hanging on for life, could so suddenly reduce to nothing. And ironically, that is more frustrating.We made little ground on our journey but at least we were all able to get a better nights sleep.
We made little ground on our journey but at least we were all able to get a better nights sleep.
We have put the clocks back an hour and dawn broke sometime after 7. It was a magnificent sky and those on deck were accompanied by a small pod of dolphins who darted across our bow. Thereafter, the day has proved to be a combination of strong sun, and strong(ish) wind......but in the wrong direction, despite numerous tacks to stay ahead. We have been expecting a wind shift to the North all day but something strange is happening. As we tack into the current headwind the boat is pulling off course such that we are actually going backwards. We have bet on staying on a North tack to catch the wind shift that should...accelerate us to our destiny, but every minute they delay, we add double time to our overall journey.
Tomorrow should see us on a fast track to St Lucia we are all keen to cover the ground now and ready to work hard as hard as necessary to get us there in best possible time now.
position at midnight
Speed: 6.6 knots @ 250.36° Lat/Lon: 22° 7.40 N, 045° 41.76 W DTF: 1020.8 NM 11th in Racing B