Friday, December 7, 2012

Atlantic Crossing Westbound, December 7, 2012

On Pearl Harbor day out thoughts and prayers go out to all active, reserve, and retired military and their families.
Noon (UTC) Position
N 16 44.960
W 048 20.311
C 280T S 5.6 Knots
840 NM to go

An interesting 24 hours. After our early morning swim call we experienced ever so slowly building and veering winds. We had a great lunch with a bottle of wine to celebrate breaking the 1000 mile to go mark yesterday. As the evening wore on the winds continued to increase. we went from a full main and jib by stages to a double reefed main and 50% jib. We were tooling along at 6.5 to 7.3 knots most of the night. In the morning the wind veered further so that the main was blanketing the jib. We dropped the main only to have the wind move forward again onto the beam. We are now running with just the jib, the wind is veering again, so pretty soon we will be going back to the whisker pole.

The weather has been crazy. We get periods of clear skies followed by overcast and everything in between. So we always have to be alert for a sudden increase in wind due to a rain squall.

Fair winds and following seas.

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