For some reason my Spot check in didn't go through. I made it down to the E-W shipping lanes south of Block Island and turned north for Newport but this boat is so fast that I got back in no time. Minimum duration is 24 hours so I turned south and am heading back out to sea for a couple more hours.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Still have a cell connection from the tower on Block so here's a quick update. Sea state is manageable, the swell has a very long period so it's easy sailing over it and the breeze is below forecast in the 10-15 range. Sun is out and it's pretty warm out here. Still puttering along with one reef in the main and the heavy weather jib but making 7+ knots due south.
Wave action outside the Bay isn't too bad. 14 knots of breeze and the boat is doing 6.5 knots with a reefer main and the heavy weather jib. Forecast was for a SW breeze but it more out of the S right now to I'm beating out of the bay.
Friday, October 17, 2014
Mike Piper is allowing me to race his J/111 Eagles Dare in the next Bermuda 1-2 and he will join me on the return double handed leg. In order to qualify, I need to make a solo, offshore passage of not less than 100 nautical miles and not shorter in duration than 24 hours. I depart tomorrow morning early. Forecast is showing 15-20 knot breeze with gusts to 30, which is plenty but the real challenge will be the sea state as I'm expecting a large swell from hurricane Gonzalo to mix and confuse with the wave action from the SW, turning W and NW wind. It's going to be ugly but as I'm not racing, I won't be pushing the boat and will sail conervatively with goal to be not to break anything and safely complete the requirement.
I'll post some position reports here via Spot and will try to take some video footage along the way to post upon my return.
Here's hoping all are safe on Bermuda tonight. They're in for a far rougher ride than I.