DATE: Thursday, 2 June, 2016, 10:30 AM Atlantic
SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 6
North Atlantic Ocean
Position: 39 18.9 N/50 23.5W
SOG 8.9 knots; COG 096 mag
TWS 21.1 kn; TWD: 017 mag
Conditions: We are close reaching, AWA 65 degrees. Wind has been northerly since midnight, and over 20 kn for the past 5 hours, with a few higher gusts. We put a partial reef in the jib and opened the staysail at 0430 this morning as we are not racing and we are more comfortable at 7.5-9 knots vs. 9-10 knots. Seas are over 4-6 feet. Mostly cloudy, sun trying to peak through, and Bar is 2026 mb.
Current situation: We are on an easterly course right now. Any change to a northerly course will depend on tactical decisions and an anticipated backing of the wind to NW in 24 hours or so. Sea state is a little close and steep, but not too bad, especially with our current sail configuration. Water temp changed from 73.4 degrees to 62.6 degrees at midnight, indicating that we were out of the Gulf Stream; people are tending toward long sleeves and long pants.
Tactical: Question now will be whether to continue east for a few days or whether to turn to the north GC route as able. This is when we really appreciate Ken McKinley's expertise.
And, in case anyone is concerned that the North Atlantic will crimp our culinary style, we are (still) doing just fine, thank you. Lunch yesterday was hummous roll-ups with cucumber - and Trudy's home made hummous was again complimented by all. Dinner time was (again) a bit bouncy (hold on to your plates), but the black bean burgers, fries, pickles, and green salad were not too hard to handle.
It's a big ocean out here...seemingly bigger by the day.
All is well on-board.
Bill Strassberg and crew, SY Visions of Johanna
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