12/01/2011, 200 nm off Beaufort
4PM Thursday EST
Making great progress! 200 nm from Beaufort averaging 6 knots over the first day and a half. Heading more easterly which will be good for catching the trade winds. Appears they are just leaving the cold eddy, and the rest of the Gulf Stream behind - YAY!
12/01/2011, 175 nm off Beaufort NC
"We made 148 nm noon to noon, which is about 6.17 kts average, but we've been motoring a lot, since the wind has been behind us and not real strong ... but we'll take it! We are now turning more easterly (around the bottom of the cold eddy on the southeast side of the stream).
All is well, and we are beginning to get into our routines"
From Heidi "at 1:38pm they were 190nm off Beaufort continuing southeast."
12/01/2011, 150 nautical miles off Beaufort
This just in:
"Current 1200GMT position is 33 00.313N, 074 40.79W Heading down the first leg of the cold eddy.
Decent seas and wind from NNW at about 15"
From Heidi:FYI 1200 GMT is 7:00am Eastern Standard; Looks like hes averaged a bit over 6 knots over a 24 hour period which is very good and he's right where the weather router guided him.
It appears that Centime and crew are continuing to make good progress, averaging a bit over 6 knots and catching some current of a cold eddie propelling them southward. The wind appears to be favorable at 13 - 17 knots N - NW. They have traveled over 135nm from Beaufort Inlet Channel.
11/30/2011, across the stream
It appears that they are out of the stream and doing great; wind has shifted from west to NW.
11/30/2011, 3/4 of the way through Stream
Dennis asked me to post this:
Blog entry for first day at sea....
34 54.22N, 075 39.91W
We had an incredible day today! We left the dock at 0605 (first light) and made excellent time to the gulf stream with one reef in the main and a full genoa. We had great wind off the starboard beam most of the day, which clocked and finally slowed down, so now "old reliable" is up and running. We are now about three-quarters of the way across and just finished a fabulous dinner of moo shu with tofu and udon noodles that Heidi pre-made for our first evening. Thanks Heidi ... everyone loved it!!! No left-overs.
All the crew are awesome! We've got Lauren back for a retry (she said something like the last attempt seemed incomplete), Dave up from Tortola and Dennis from Florida. I am very grateful for the experience they each bring, and can-do attitudes.
The auto-pilot shut down again, but this time we were able to fix it in a matter of minutes, having gone through that drill on our last attempt. We did, however, identify the cause of the blown fuses ... the SSB and/or radar ... instantaneous voltage drop at the autopilot "black box" with subsequent higher amp draw and the resultant blown fuse.
Great first day.