Saturday, June 4, 2016

SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 8 - a bit of a breeze

DATE: Saturday, 4 June, 2016, 07:30 AM Atlantic
SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 8

North Atlantic Ocean
Position: 41 47.3 N/44 56.7W
SOG 6.0 knots; COG 066 mag
TWS 21.6 kn ; TWD: 320 mag

Conditions: Winds have been steady from the NW overnight, not quite averaging 30 knots through the overnight, and slowly abating this morning as expected. Grey overcast, Bar 1021.5, and seas over 4-6 feet.

Current situation: We continue on the GC route, and slowed down as possible last night to let the low to our NE pull away from us. We placed a third reef in the mainsail late yesterday afternoon, and slowed the boat from 9 to 8 knots. We reefed the staysail in by 2/3 at 6 PM, and did average 6 knots and then gradually slower through the night as the wind eased, wind now averaging 21-22 knots on the beam. More sail will go up as wind speed slows. We will likely be motoring for a good part of Sunday.

Tactical: We will continue GC route and keep a weather eye first to our southeast on Monday, and then to our NW late next week.
Victuals continue to be a highlight. There was a lunch of squash soup and frittatas with sundried tomatoes, scallions, and feta cheese yesterday. Dinner was a Visions of Johanna offshore standard, Brunswick Stew, with a green salad. One more salad left in the larders, then on to the cabbage, celery, zucchini, and carrots.

All is well on-board.

Best wishes,

Bill Strassberg and crew, SY Visions of Johanna

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