Day 2.5: NYC-STT
Mon 7 Nov 2011 15:59
Position 35:09.00N 74:31.81W
COG 160M, SOG 7.2 kt, Wind 70M 20 kt, Barometer 1010.7 falling
Temperatures: Air 21C, Sea 20C
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 144NM
Sailed distance since departure: 353NM
Time since departure: 2d 11h 45m
Average Speed since departure: 5.9 kt
Intention: sail to STT
Distance to End on track: 1148 NM - Distance to End on rhumb line: 1134NM
ETA: Tuesday 11/15/11 15:00
Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50): http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0pmBzXKinDhgKpLRvqq8VUCrbr9VSkRpL
Yesterday afternoon the wind had decreased to less than 7kt and we did few hours of motoring but then it come back to 15kts and we had a good sail through the first part of the night with full main and genoa. The wind then start gradually to pick up to 22 to 25 kts
we reduced sail to a two reef in the main and the use of the staysail. Now very well balanced we are doing a good 7.0 Kts.
In the early morning we entered the Gulf stream and the water temperature is now 20.7C. That is quite of a difference when comparing
with 4.2C of New York and the 7C of the Jersey shore. The air temperature went up quite a bit and the bones start to warm-up after the first
few days in the cold-cold wind. We choose to cross the Gulf stream at about 35N - 75W where the Gulf current map, downloaded before departure, showed that the current was the least. Indeed it seems that it was a good choice since so far we have not encountered
strong opposite currents. Michiel had a good night of sleep and he now feels much better and is enjoying filming and taking
pictures of the waves of the Gulf-stream.
Nov. 6 - Michiel listening to music and recovering from "mal de mer"
Nov. 7 Michiel, now feeling much better, is shooting movie with his fancy video camera.