The other side of the story...
15 June 2012 | out on the deep blue sea
For the 1st 18 days of this passage the winds have come primarily from the SE with little bits from the ESE and occasionally E, and since we are sailing SW we have gone along on the same heel (or slant) for the entire trip simply adjusting sails for the varying strength of wind with no tacking or jibbing involved. It's pretty nice to stay that way because you get used to what cupboards you can open or where you can leave something setting without it falling off the counter or where you can sit comfortably. Well, that all changed today.
We knew it was coming because our Buoy Weather Passage Forecast that we get every day through our Winlink email showed the winds switching to NE -- and after our lull in the wind yesterday they started picking up in the night -- just as predicted from the NE. It was a gentle transition as the winds slowly built in strength and we are now moving along at a decent pace and on a good course, just having to adjust to the new angle of our little world.
Some things are more comfortable on this heel, just as some things are more awkward so neither one is necessarily better than the other, just different. Now I have to be careful when I open the fridge because the contents want to come out the door if we're heeled over very far and it's a bit harder to brace myself in the chart table seat to type on the computer. Rosie is going to have to find a whole new set of favorite places to curl up so she doesn't go sliding across the floor with a wave. But after a day of this it will seem normal, too.
699 miles to go!