September 27, 2019
Days at Sea: 283
Days Since Departure: 362
Noon Position: 52 31N 155 58W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): SxW 6 – 7
Wind(t/tws): ESE 25+
Sea(t/ft): SE 8-10
Sky/10ths Cover: Rain, Drizzle, Fog 10
Bar(mb): 1022, falling
On-deck Temp(f): ?
Cabin Temp(f): 57
Water Temp(f): 52
Relative Humidity(%): 71
Magnetic Variation: 12.7
Sail: Three reefs in main and working jib, close reaching on port
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 84
Miles since departure: 37,252
I tacked at 2am when the wind went into the SE so as to grab some southing while I could. Rough night close hauled in winds 25 – 30. Rain, drizzle, fog; spray everywhere. On deck every hour to reef again, adjust Monte, recoil a line pulled down by the constant water over the boat. Was soaked through well before sundown. Didn’t even attempt the sleeping bag.
Tacked again at 2pm, having gained a full degree of southing. Good. More than I’d hoped. Now double reefed and heading E on a wind mostly S. Still rough as stink. If it eases at all, I’ll try to go close reaching. Must get down to 50S by Monday.
What comes after Monday I don’t have a plan for.
More gear failure. Noted half way through the night that a main batten car had broken, spilled its bearings and come free of the mast. Like the tear in the main, the car was at roughly the second reef panel. Can fix, have the parts, but need a boat a little less wild stallion than Mo is currently. Was able to move a car up from lower down for this batten in the interim, but what is a ten minute job took an hour.
Looks like its only going to get rougher in coming days.
Night. Fog. Mo racing on the edge of needing a reef.
Hang in there, Randall. And, MO, you continue to take good care of Randall.
We’re all routing for you. Feel it.
It’s the home stretch! You don’t want to limp in, so take care and enjoy the swan song.
A typical ten minute job then 🙂
Beware of ‘coalman’s horse syndrome’ – galloping back to the stable is a bad idea so don’t push too hard.
I agree, there are still a couple thousand miles to go, many more than some will sail in a lifetime. Be patient.
Man that is some heavy weather coming to the north of you. Clever to have made that S tack when you had the chance!
Sending you heat waves!!!