Day 6 - High wind region off Barranquilla

Blue Note
Marco M.
Sun 11 Feb 2018 17:38
Date:  Sunday 11/2/18   - Time:  12:23 Atlantic Time
Position 11:07.459N  75:50.685W
COG 242T SOG 6.5kt, Wind 57T 29 kt
Temperatures: Air 25 C
Barometer: 1009.4  hPa
Sailed distance since departure: 933 NM
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 154 NM
Last 24h Decrease Distance on rhumb line: 133 NM
Time since departure: 5d 19h 23m
Average Speed since departure: 6.69      kt
Average VMG since departure:   6.20  kt
Average VMG speed last 24h:    5.54 kt
Intention: sail to Obaldia, Panama
Distance to End on rhumb line: 174 NM
ETA : Monday Feb 12, 2018 @ 18:00

Detailed Track:

The forecast of high wind region off Barranquilla proved correct with light Gale conditions.
The wind was 30-36 kts for the night and now, as we are heading south on a rhumb line to Obaldia,
started to decrease to about 25 kts. Big waves (difficult to judge how big, 15 ft ? ) are pushing Blue Note
that has been sailing with a 3rf reef in the main sail and occasionally break on the cockpit or make
Blue Note surf at speed of 12 kts. Blue Note feels always in control and the view of the big waves with a blue sky is beautiful but photos are difficult to render the beauty and size of waves.

The landfall might be a bit tricky. Obaldia si known to have a non comfortable anchorage in North swell and
with the winds of the last days and the one forecast for the next days will definitely suffer from North swell.
We are also not 100% sure yet we will be able to make landfall before sunset tomorrow.
So, in the case we are "late" we will slow down the boat and make landfall on Tuesday morning.
Close to Obaldia, 8 NM West there is a very good anchorage of Puerto Perme.
If we can arrive there on Monday evening before sunset we will anchor there and then on Tuesday
morning back track East for Obaldia to clear customs. Depending how the forecast are is also possible
we could spend few days in Perme waiting on better anchorage conditions in Obaldia.

Saturday chess game (before entering high wind zone)

Watching the big waves from behind the clear strong plastic companion cover.

A failed attempt to take photo of a big wave (trust me it was big).
Movie come out a bit better but can not be uploaded now.