January 27, 2019
Noon Position: 42 56S 123 04E
We’d done 101 miles as of noon.
Ran slowly ExN on drogue all night, and morning found us up above 43S. So far north! So far back down to The Traps and The Snares at 48S.
I pulled the drogue in before noon. The line had wound itself into a knot overnight, and I wanted to unkink everything before tonight. The drogue has a swivel at its line attach point and I’ve added another at the bridle. We’ll see if this helps.
Hauling it in when wind is 25 knots was a challenge. It’s considerably easier than the Jordon Series drogue (most anything else would have to be), but it still took one and a half hours to reel in 300 feet of one inch line with a big red balloon pulling at the other end.
The line has been unkinked; a swivel attached, and it’s ready for a re-deploy later in the day.
The forecast keeps saying the same thing; high winds coming. The low is maybe marginally less intense, but not where it counts, and I’m expecting 35 – 45 knots cresting at around midnight over a sea that is already heavy.
It’s early afternoon. I’m going to grab a quick lunch (probably out of the can) and hit the sack for a couple hours. Expecting a long night.