Thursday, December 2, 2010

Snow Birding

A quick update from my post of last night:  It's 5:33 AM and the outside temperature is 35.4 F.  Last Winter I went to Key West for warmth, the lows were frequently in the 30's during January and February.  Growing up in the New York City area I had the apparent illusion that Florida was warm while the Northeast was freezing.  I guess I had a lot of illusions while I was growing up.

One lesson I have learned in my time living on board is how much the wind speed changes with the time of day. It was blowing like stink last night, this morning it is dead calm.  Frequently while transiting I have noticed that the wind will die at sunset only to come back like gangbusters in the middle of the night. That is why I, and many of my single handing companions, put in two reefs at sunset.  We bob around for a while but it is better than trying to put in reefs in high winds in the dark.

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