waiting for the trough to pass

Gudrun V
Axel Busch
Fri 14 Sep 2012 09:57
Thursday, 2012-09-14, 00:00 UTC-10, 20:09.450S 167:25,517W, COG 015, SOG 4kn, Wind 20-25kn WNW,

All during the day the wind slowly changed further via North to West, and I changed my course form NE to SW in a nice arc. At nine pm a rainfront passed through and afterwards the wind came from almost due West and the pressure down to 1012mBar. I tacked, not wanting to sail away further to the south of my destination and thinking that the trough has almost passed now and the wind will come from the south.

Hmmm, three hours later and I'm still waiting, sailing north now. Pressure is at 1014mBar, wind North-West. I am confused. Looks like I tacked too soon. Maybe I should have kept on sailing south? Well, can't be more than another few hours now until this is over and the wind's back to normal. But I thought it would go faster. The sea is naturally very confused now with waves coming from all directions, banging against the hull. The wind was up over 20kn all day and the batteries are pretty full again. I even ran the watermaker, charged my laptop, and made a backup. Now nothing to do but sit and wait :-)

158nm to go