• 6 Months At Sea For Moli

    February 24, 2019

    Day 143

    Noon Position: 46 05S 150 50W

    Course(t)/Speed(kts): ExS 7

    Wind(t/tws): NW 24 28 (steady 30 within two hours)

    Sea(t/ft): NW 6

    Sky: Alto and cirro cumulus. A mackerel sky.

    10ths Cloud Cover: 6

    Bar(mb): 1011, falling slowly

    Cabin Temp(f): 68

    Water Temp(f): 57

    Relative Humidity(%): 77

    Sail: Triple reef in both main and working jib. Reaching.

    Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 165

    Miles since departure: 19,687

    Avg. Miles/Day: 138

    Days since Cape Horn: 86

    Miles since Cape Horn: 12,046

    Avg. Miles/Day: 140

    Longitude Degrees Made Good (degrees minutes): 3 57

    Total Longitude Made Good Since Cape Horn (degrees minutes): 277 42

    Avg. Long./Day: 3.23

    Were riding the edge. Typically by the time winds hit 30 knots, Ive dropped even a triple reefed main. But I dont think 30 will last long, and I want to push us. The faster we go, the longer we stay in this wind and the further ahead of the NEXT low we get.

    But its bloody uncomfortable. The sea is running bouldery, steep and smack on the beam. Mo is healed way over, and she heaves in a way that makes one defer anything but the most basic and necessary of tasks. Even reading is difficult; after ten minutes my head is a bowl of scrambled eggs. And with the decks awash, Im essentially trapped inside unless making sail changes.

    On the plus side, were making good time. Two days now of over 150 miles; this should be the third. We need it. The next low and the next are right on our track and they look some serious business.

    Hard to believe its nearly March, at the end of which I will have been at sea a full six months.

    This article was originally published in forum thread: Figure 8 Voyage 2.0 started by Photoboy View original post