Feast or Famine

Stephen and Roberta Arnold
Sat 29 May 2010 00:00

27:40.869N 090:11.466W


That’s how people describe the winds in the Gulf of Mexico. Either too much wind or not enough. We are experiencing the famine.


Winds started the day at 6 to 8 knots out of the north, enough for us to sail along at about 3 knots a snail’s pace at best. Then by noon the wind dropped to 3 knots or less so it was time to start the engine. Now the wind is out of the west at 6 knots. Since we are headed east that means sailing dead down wind at a speed of 2-3 knots. So the motor keeps running.


A 12 hour old forecast for the next 3 days is more of the same light winds primarily from the west. Tomorrow morning we’ll make the call about going to Pensacola (we have enough fuel to motor there) or continuing on to the Tampa area where we don’t have enough fuel to motor to.


Other than having to listen to the motor all is going well.