Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Becalmed at 5 knots

It has been a strange couple of days. I left Key West for Jacksonville FL on my way North for the summer. (Yes, I intend to go to Mexico and Belize but in October. Its an insurance thing.)

There has been almost no wind so I have motored a lot. This is a problem as I don't carry all that much fuel, but since I am traveling along the coast I can afford to burn fuel as I can always duck in for more. Today I was off Miami in the middle of the Gulf Stream. No wind, but I was sailing at 5 knots on the combination of current and wave action. Most of the time the sails were flapping in the breeze. Weird! Then we got a series of storms and I was doing 8 knots with just the main up. Fortunately I got to watch the thunderstorm behind me rather than being in it. The weather has passed over me and now the wind is back to 2 knots.

I am looking forward to Jacksonville as I intend to adopt a kitten to keep me company. We will see how that goes.

At the moment I am off Fort Worth and there is not another boat within 16 miles of my location.

Crash!

It has been raining most of the last three days. Everything is slippery. It is well known among cruisers that falling down the companionway ...