DATE: Friday, 3 June, 2016, 09:30 AM Atlantic
SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 7
North Atlantic Ocean
Position: 40 22.8 N/47 25.5W
SOG 6.3 knots; COG 067 mag
TWS 16.7 kn, ; TWD: 015 mag
Conditions: We are purposefully moving north, motor-sailing with double reef main and staysail. AWA 30 degrees.Seas are over 4-6 feet. Mostly sunny, and Bar is 2029 mb. It is brisk outside.
Current situation: We are on a northeasterly course right now accepting less than ideal upwind motor-sailing to make distance to the north. Yesterday's tactical decision, and after consulting with Ken McKinley, was to put up with some discomfort now in order to be well north of 40N by Monday as a low will cross down there. I anticipate a shift to wind west of north sometime today, and NW (hopefully) tonight. A NW wind will enable us to shut down engine and sail.
Tactical: While I contemplated catching an eddy for a ride north, I think that there could be some significant wind vs. current effect there, so we will stick with KM's provisional waypoints. We will plan to make as much westing as wind conditions allow, continuing this general course through Tuesday. Then it will be our time to head for Dingle Bay, our port of call.
And...Drumroll, please! Lunch yesterday was a melange of left overs and tuna and egg salad sandwiches. Very tasty and satisfying. Trudy's chicken Parmesan was an absolute raving success for dinner, served with peas and her home made marinara sauce over pasta. It is hard to explain what a savory and comforting meal feels like out here. Well, the crew can and it is appreciated.
Rule #1 was again breached this morning. This time Denis and I took the drain apart and replaced it with gobs of silicon. Cautiously optimistic.
All is well on-board. Conditions will ease in 24 hours or so. Spirits are high. And happy birthday Tavis Moonan.
Bill Strassberg and crew, SY Visions of Johanna
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