Learning my lessons
29 October 2009 | Little Creek
My dock mates for the last week have been 2 Valiant 40's. Both boats have done circumnavigations. One has done it twice. Scott and Kittie have been mentioned numerous times by Beth and Evans. Scott has authored articles on downwind sailing with twin poles and has done many single handed trips to Bermuda. So there is a wealth of information on my doorstep. I am all ears.
It was interesting to have dinner aboard and listening to the 3 of them talk about all the places they've been and the people they've met along the way.
As for the weather, that's another story. Looks like we may be here til Wednesday. Not a very favorable forecast for crossing the Gulf Stream.
If we leave on Sunday as planned, we'll be 150 miles offshore, just entering the Gulf Stream when a cold front passes Monday afternoon into Tues. Bringing N to NE winds in the 20s. The rule of thumb is not to be crossing the stream when there is an N in the wind. Strong winds against a strong current make for an uncomfortable ride .
Have to wait until tomorrow to see what the experts say.