09 May 2012
Well, sorry about the silliness of yesterday. I think we had mid-ocean boredom set in. We motored for 20 hours straight due to the weather and wind/wave conditions. This morning brought a changing wind. It is now out of the north at 20 knots and expected to build to 35 as the day goes on. We are cruising at over 9 knots on a close reach, which means the wind is coming from in front of us. We haven’t had that since day 3. We have a triple reefed main and full jib out right now and will reef the jib as the wind increases.
The excitement for the morning though was dolphins. We had a whole pod come upside the boat and swim with us for about 15 minutes. They were jumping out of the water in groups of two and three. Very cool. BTW, it’s 4:00am and the sun has risen. We haven’t reset out clock since we left and everyday the sunrise gets earlier. I think we will gain 4 hours when we reach the Azores.
Flash forward, it is now 3:00pm. This morning we experienced the roughest and windiest conditions of the trip so far. The wind was a steady 30 knots with gusts to near 40. The seas built quickly. We ran from the wind for 4 hours and lost ground towards our destination. The wind and seas are now calming and we have turned back and very slowly making way. Our speed is down to 3 knots and we are trying to head straight east. Dave is sleeping and Stosh and I are hanging on the deck shooting the breeze. No worries as the boat is handling it very well. It will add on a day or two to our journey though. We hope to get to Horta on Monday or Tuesday now.
Our course is 75 degrees true, 608 miles to Horta
"What's important in life is not how many breaths we get to take,
but those moments that take our breath away"