Entered the Gulfstream south of the outer banks, 380nm to go!.
19 May 2015 | North Atlantic Ocean
Russ and Laurie
We put both engines on overnight with the flat calm seas and made up some time. We entered the Gulfstream at noon today and are being pushed along toward Cape Hatteras at about 10kts, so we're making good time. The wind came back around 3am so we pulled the Jib out and shut down one motor. We will continue to motorsail just to ensure a timely passage around Hatteras. At our current speed we should round Hatteras at 11pm, and be off of Albermarle Sound and well inshore of the Gulfstream current by the time the wind shifts to the North. We'll be taking the wind on the nose from there to the Chesapeake entrance, but the wind should rise gradually and hopefully the wave buildup will lag behind a bit. With uncomfortable but decent headway, we should enter the Chesapeake bay by noon on the 20th. We have beautiful weather at the moment, and a bit of a lumpy ride due to the current interactions, but the waves are small. We are anticipating rain and isolated showers and thunderstorms as the cold front crosses over us on the 20th, with building wind and head seas, but we don't expect it to be severe. The crew is happy and healthy, and enjoying a beautiful day at the moment, so all is well.