Sunday, June 5, 2016

SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 9 - what a difference a day makes!

DATE: Sunday, 5 June, 2016, 10:00 AM Greenland time
SY Visions of Johanna Bermuda to Dingle, Ireland Crossing Day 9

North Atlantic Ocean
Position: 43 24.8 N/41 48.1W
SOG 8.6 knots; COG 070 mag
TWS 9.8 kn ; TWD: 318 mag

Conditions: Yes, what a difference a day makes! Winds have diminished from the NW overnight, averaging 6-9 knots through the overnight, and maybe adding a knot with the sun this morning. Sky is overcast, 70% cover, with the sun trying to peek through. Bar 1016, and seas average 4-6 feet, but left over lumpy and variable.

Current situation: We continue on the GC route, and turned engine on last night near 1800 hours as we needed battery charge anyway. We motorsailed with double reefed main up through the night, and I just opened the jib as we are still close reaching, nearly close hauled. We carry it well; speed increased from 7.2ish to 8.6ish knots.

Tactical: We will continue GC route and keep a weather eye first to our southeast on Tuesday, and then to our west later this week. A bit of a conundrum, as the faster we goes, the farther east and better we will likely be positioned for next Thursday location, but the closer I may get to this weakened low on Tuesday. Decisions, decisions. In any event, nothing major, and weather tracks change by the day anyway, so not really a concern. I suspect at least another 24 hours of engine time.

Leftovers made a great lunch yesterday. Dinner was meatloaf (accolades, I'm telling you mom, accolades) with hot biscuits right from the oven and salad. Delish

All is well on-board. 1353 nm. to Dingle Bay approach waypoint.

Best wishes,
Bill Strassberg and crew, SY Visions of Johanna

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