Day 9: STT-NYC May 3 @ 12:00 EDT
Thu 3 May 2012 16:10
Position 36:22.42N 73:37.21W
COG 4M, SOG 5.0 kt, Wind ??M ?? kt, Barometer 1017.1 rising
Temperatures: Air 18.8C, Sea 6.7 C
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 156 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 1384NM
Time since departure: 9d 2h 00m
Average Speed since departure: 6.35 kt
Intention: sail to NYC
Distance to End on rhumb line: 142 NM
ETA: Friday 5/4/12 @ 12:00 EDT
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
The power of the Gulf Stream: peak of last 24h sailed distance at 210 NM
We followed the Gulf stream as the wind was turning clockwise to the east until we tacked for a rhumb line to entrance of the Ambrose channel.
Thanks to the strong gulf stream current last night at 8pm we reached a peak of our "previous 24h sailed distance" of 210 NM,
that translate in a previous 24h average velocity of 8.75 kts.
Once outside the Gulf stream the temperature of the water plumed from 22C to 7C and the air is obviously colder as well, but still pleasant.
Lunch of yesterday was an exact repeat of the previous day. Mahi-Mahi with Ruffino Orvieto white wine.
This morning the wind decreased to what I guess (the wind indicator still not working) is about 6 kts and we are motor sailing.
On our side we will have a favor tide current when entering the Ambrose channel tomorrow morning and it's possible that
we will be able to beat Blue Note PR (personal record) for the STT-NYC trip of 10d-10h, however the chance to be lower of the 10d time mark are near null.