West Palm Beach to Bermuda 4
20 April 2019 | 28:54N 074:31W
309nm down 539nm to go
Could not connect earlier something to do with atmospherics no doubt...
Well the storm has now passed after a torrential downpour 30kts southerly winds that lasted 20hrs. We managed to make full use of the wind to head NE towards Bermuda making a good 5kts under genoa alone, but my, was it wet and rough.
The wind abated and veered to the NW and the rain reduced ti a consistent drizzle and we managed to sail for another few hours and now it has dropped off from anywhere between 5-12kts from the North West, unfortunately not enough to push us along under headsail alone, so we are motoring at the moment to put some miles in. The wind should go round to the SE again f3-4 may be enough for us to sail under headsails alone.
The rain gave us a thorough soaking, my wet weather gear soaked through and rain or spray leaking in through every hatch and orofice making the boat very wet inside, but all starting to dry out now and has played havoc with some of our electronics, loosing GPS and AIS, but it seems to have sorted itself out now.
I have to say being out in the cockpit at the height of the storm, with the wind, the rain and the rough seas was quite an experience with a 5m swell with the top cresting and the occasional one breaking over the boat, but once I managed to get a good course we could sail and a comfortable aspect to the swell it became reasonably bearable...but i have to say it was a bit grim at times.
A nice bit of Lasange for dinner and a calm sea for us to head in to tonight all it well. It is pitch black outside, the layer of thick cloud not letting the moon or the stars shine through.
Fayre Wynds and Kynd Seas
Richard and Alison yacht Cerulean of Penryn
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