|Vessel Make/Model:||Hinckley 51|
|Hailing Port:||Marion, MA|
Now that Vivaldi is back on her mooring, somewhat clean, I can claim the Atlantic Circuit is closed. It took 9400 miles, 300 days in which we sailed 60 days at an average speed of 6.9 knots. The maximum wind was 37 knots, the biggest wave was enormous. We used the engine for 400 hours and the Generator [...]
After we crossed the midpoint of Cape Hatteras, we continued on the Gulf Stream for another good 24 hours. Then, the wind turned to NE and continued to increase. In the afternoon, we were battling waves and winds of 30 kn and above. We continued heading East until the direction of the wind got to 45¼ and then we tacked to head straight to Buzzards Bay light. However, the winds continued to increase and we were barely making a headway. We were just pounding the poor Vivaldi against the ocean. So, we decided to heave to. Amazing, it worked. We backfilled the staysail, let a little on the triple reef main and lashed the wheel to windward. The pounding totally stop, the healing became moderate and the ocean was going underneath of us all the time. Inside, was very quite. We were exhausted so we took turns to keep a watch and we slept for few hours with the intention of sailing again by midnight. However, it was too cold and windy that we decided to continue to heave to until day light. The winds are around 20 still from the NE but we are making progress toward our destination that is 70 miles North of us.
As always getting close to the destination has some obstacles. We have had a nice ride since we left Fort Lauderdale mostly on low winds. Yesterday, we crossed Cape Hatteras that is an important milestone for this leg. The winds were favorable from the south and we got back in full on the Gulf Stream. [...]