Sunday, May 22, 2016

SY Visions of Johanna crossing Day 5

DATE: Sunday, 22 May, 2016, 8:00 AM Eastern

SY Visions of Johanna crossing day 5
North Atlantic Ocean
Position: 31 39.2N/72 28.5W -- Editors Note -- This position is incorrect.  See Next Post
SOG 6.8 knots; COG 110 mag (see update below)

Conditions: 100% cloud cover. Bar 1018 mb (has dropped significantly past 24 hrs.). Front passed us 11:30 PM last night, with brief hard rain and then sudden windshift from SSW to SW. Andrew, on watch, was christened! After the front passed, the wind died down to less than 8 knots and we ran the engine for a short time, then wind returned, out of the SSW and built over 6 hours from 18 toward 24 knots by daybreak - we were making over 9 knots most all the night. A bit kinetic, but fast. Wind eased abruptly about 0700 this morning, as low as 8 knots, averaging 13 knots over the hour. Not sure why.

Current situation: We are making about 6.5-7 knots now. Wind 12.7 knots from 229 mag. Plan on rhumb line to BDA, but right now steering south of the rhumbline and staying higher on the wind to keep up speed. A bit rolly in the residual swell. No significant current; unfortunately, altimetry charts sent by Ken McKinley do not come through.

We had fishcakes for lunch yesterday, with chips and baby dill pickles...and an awesome spread of sashimi, sushi, and Maki rolls with a green salad for dinner. It is not often that you can enjoy "all you can eat" sushi of this caliber.

UPDATE prior to send - wind slowly increasing 13-14 knots from 230 mag. I suspect it will increase toward 20 as predicted by Ken McKinley. SOG 7.2 knots; COG 103 mag.

We have not sighted any ships for over 48 hours, although large tankers and commercial ships have been seen on AIS. VHF Radio remains silent. No internet. 4 people. Great boat. Big ocean. Lot's of flying fish.

All is well on-board.

Best wishes,

Bill Strassberg and crew, SY Visions of Johanna

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