Wind Shift

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Tue 1 Dec 2009 19:07
Noon Position: 23 58.0 S 040 55.6 W
Course: Southwest. Speed: 4 knots
Wind: Southeast F3 - gentle breeze
Weather: Partly cloudy, warm
Day's Run: 89 nm

All good things must come to an end I suppose. A more modest day's run today, but not bad considering. Last night the wind slowly dropped until by one in the morning the sails were slatting uselessly as Sylph rolled in the uneven swell. I dropped the sails and drifted until just after six when a light breeze from the opposite direction filled in sufficiently for the Australian flag to flutter gently from the backstay. We are now making a very comfortable seven knots close reaching to a gentle breeze from the southeast.

Sad news, my trusty little EeePC netbook has decided to play up today, some of the keys on the keyboard are not functioning so I am writing this on the big old Toshiba laptop, a power hungry beast I am afraid so I need to run the little genset so as not to flatten the batteries too much. What a nuisance. I suspect biscuit crumbs.

All is well.

Bob Cat:

Well I knew it couldn't last forever, thank goodness the wind has changed direction and eased a bit, my sleeping options have once more opened up. Its an ill wind as they say -something to ponder as I . . . Zzzzzzzz.