Day 7 - Bermuda to Guernsey

Stravaig'n the Blue
Tue 31 May 2022 18:33
Position: 35:56.5 N 047:53.4 W
Position timestamp: Tuesday 31 May 2022 14:00 (UTC-2)
Distance travelled in last 24 hours: 161 NM (average speed 6.7 knots)
Reduction in distance to destination: 103 NM
Shortest distance to destination: 2120 NM (great circle)

Good speed and distance travelled in the last 24 hours but again a disappointing reduction in the distance still to go - unsurprising given the ducking and weaving we’ve been doing to avoid the worst of tomorrow’s strong winds.

After checking this morning’s weather forecast we decided we had gone as far south as we needed to go avoid a pounding so we gybed on to port and are now heading north-east almost directly towards Guernsey. We spent over two hours this morning experimenting with various combinations of sails until we got things just right for today’s conditions, in the end just the mainsail with one reef in, and well positioned to make quick changes when the strong winds arrive, which might be while it is still dark. At around 6 knots, our speed is reasonable and all of it is going towards reducing the distance to our destination.

All is well.