30 March 2013
3/30/2013 - 1300
Finally a window to give an update!
We have been sailing non-stop since my last post. The wind had been between 25-40kts with 3-4M seas, plus wind wave chop. The first 4.5 days of sailing we encountered at least 9 (lost count) gale force squalls day and night. It was like a squall train! One after the other. Maestro was able to sail through each of them without much difficultly at an average of 8-10.5 kts. Wind was in good direction so no course alteration was needed. After the first couple days the seas started to stack up. On a particular day where it was gale force for the better part of the day we were hit by a rouge wave - unknown height. It was higher than our hardtop which measures about 14ft - Len couldnt see the top of it. The wave picked us up and knocked us over at least 40 degrees - i was launched from the settee in the cockpit to a perpendicular pushup looking down at the sea. The back side of the wave pushed us back up as quickly as she went over - projectile items throughout the salon but all was well... little stunned.
We were listening on the nets and we seemed to be the only boat getting weather? (of course!) But we realized we were the most westerly vessel. Everyone to the east of us is now getting slammed - tired voices heard over the radio. Catermaran vessels deploying drogues. May everyone get through fine.
We have just come out of this particular weather system last night. The seas are still settling down and the wind has dropped to 13kts which is causing the genoa to back-fill in swell. The swell direction has made us change course for comfort - we may loose a day or more of heading if it doesnt pick up a little.
Less than 900 Miles to go! Hoping this leg is a little calmer.