40 21 N 70 31 W
Should be in Newport around 10 pm local time if not
earlier; all is well. We had a very rough sea for about 18 hours….not
enjoyable at all…especially after having been spoiled by the calm waters for
the first day and then some.
Before dark last evening, we crossed the
boundary between the high pressure system we have been in and the low pressure
system coming up the USA
coast…quite a dramatic weather line in the sky with towering cumulus,
grey skies ahead and blue skies above. Got across it without any rain on
us….but big change in sea conditions (dropped to near calm waters after
the tumultuous junk we had been in)…..that was even more dramatic as we
crossed the northernmost “tributary” of the gulf stream at the same
time which gave us almost 4.5 kts of current for hours…finally dropping
to less than 1.5 kts by midnight. We had set our course to accommodate the
Steam’s influence and it all worked out well with very little adverse impact
on us….in fact, we had positive current with us more than we had slight
negative current…..kept our speed up which was our objective to better
manage the forecast gale coming up the coast from Cape Hatteras.
Engine off at dawn and terrific sailing
for last 7 hours!
No more concern about the storm; we got
through it with not more than 25 kts of wind and small seas…and only
drizzle for rain. Big change in sea water temp after 81 F in the stream
to now down 58 F as we approach the coast.
DTG: 78 nm