February 28, 2019
Noon Position: 46 44S 138 22W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): Up/Down and Sideways…
Wind(t/tws): SW to NW 9
Sea(t/ft): W 2
10ths Cloud Cover: 8
Cabin Temp(f): 64
Water Temp(f): 53
Relative Humidity(%): 59
Sail: Twin headsails poled out
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 88
Miles since departure: 20,205
Avg. Miles/Day: 137
Days since Cape Horn: 90
Miles since Cape Horn: 12,564
Avg. Miles/Day: 140
Longitude Degrees Made Good (degrees minutes): 2 09
Total Longitude Made Good Since Cape Horn (degrees minutes): 290 11
Avg. Long./Day: 3.22
Day ninety in the Roaring Forties demonstrates that the forties do not roar every day.
Overnight we were becalmed. When the WHAP WHAP of the main is continual and invading one’s dream, then it’s time to put the dear out of her misery. I lowered sail at 3am. We drifted until dawn.
The variability of wind direction this morning has been stunning. I set the poles early, when the wind suggested it might be from the west for a time. And then I let Mo go her own way–dead downwind–whatever that might be–until noon. This photo of the chart plotter tells the tale.
The calm gave me a chance to shoot a short video report, the first in quite a while…