A Change in the Weather
06 March 2010 | Someplace in Antigua
I guess I got spoiled. Everyday for the last 6 weeks I have been able to sail anywhere I wanted. The wind everyday was mostly out of the East, a little south of East, a little bit north of East. But, and most importantly, there was at least wind. I could count on 15 knots of wind and a majority of the time it was in the 18 to 25 knot range. Some of the best sailing I've ever had. This boat was made for the trade winds. Fast, comfortable, even with the big swells coming off the ocean.
For the last week, my brother Charlie and I have been slowly making our way North. Sometime this afternoon we will depart Antigua for St Martin. It's about 90 miles and I want to stage it so that we will arrive in Simpson Bay around sun up and in time for the morning bridge into the lagoon.
For the last week and more so the last couple of days, the wind has been getting lighter and lighter. The direction of the wind has been variable at best. I have had to motor more than I had planned.
There are clouds here. It rained last night, something I have not seen in quite a while (I was going to get up and wash the boat at midnight)
I am now at 17 degrees North.
I was at 12.5 degrees North.
I liked it better before.
The weather changes here.