Sunday, May 29, 2016

SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 2

DATE: Sunday, 29 May, 2016, 8:00 AM Atlantic

SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 2

North Atlantic Ocean
Position: 34 15.3N/62 41.2 W

SOG 6.5 knots; COG 064 mag
TWS 4.1 kn; TWD: 287 mag

Conditions: We are motoring in minimal seas and wind, a glassy 2-3 foot swell. Pam had a boat on AIS 32 nm out last night, other than that, simply a flat horizon and gently rippled waters.

Current situation: We are making about 6.5 knots now, essentially motoring with the mainsail up, and we might have another day or two like this; it looks like a large High has parked itself over us, and the High will drift slowly NE as we follow. Winds will slowly build by Tuesday into Wednesday, I think, and I am already looking ahead to Thursday and Friday of this week as we will be situated between a low to our east and a building high to our west. I see some headwinds at that time from late Wednesday or Thursday morning through Friday as we pass through WP's 1 and 2.

As I look further into it, we hopefully would be riding a favorable Gulf Stream current - several knots it looks like - but we might end up in a wind against (significant GS) current zone. An unhappy sea state can result from those conditions, and I will spend the next day or two watching and considering an alternative such as ...just don't be there! We'll see what develops.

Everyone is settling in. Fishing lines are out and Denis supplied us with his "special super-duper can't miss) plug. So I am hopeful.
We had (Trudy's homemade) hummus on wraps with lettuce and side of Goldfish for crunch for lunch yesterday, (Goldfish crackers, not the swimming kind). I think that Andrew's exact words were "That Trudy is a fantastic lady". A nice simple dinner of pan grilled pork loins, roasted potatoes, and garlic bread with green salad was enjoyed below at the table...served on real plates as it was so calm.

We still hear Bermuda radio on the VHF.

320 nm to WP 1.

All is well on-board.

Best wishes,

Bill Strassberg and crew, SY Visions of Johanna

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