February 3, 2019
Noon Position: 46 27S 144 36E
Course: E 6
Wind: NWxW 15 – 20
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 145
A dynamic weather day. Rain and wind changes. Drizzle and wind changes. A huge trough passes over, with wind changes. Now it’s clear with cloud on the horizon. Hard to keep up. Have done complete sail changes three times and have been adjusting sail all day. At least that’s the way it seems.
Fast time east. So that’s good.
I’ve abandoned the idea of going below the coming high pressure area two days hence. Realistically, it would have required a dip all the way to 50S, a latitude I’m not eager to visit if not required. What’s more, the forecast for the region of ocean west of South Island six days hence is looking chaotic and difficult. At moment, it appears a better plan is to approach South Island from as far north as is practical. However, weather after the high does not look to be an aid to that plan … so, lacking anything better, make easting.
No time for more.