And a Slow Finish

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Sat 8 Oct 2011 03:10

Noon Position: 35 09.7 S 138 05.1 E
Course: North-east. Speed 1 knot
Wind: West nor' west, F1 light air
Sea: calm Swell: nil
Weather: sunny, mild
Day's run: 93 nm

We are almost there, only 26 miles to go to the entrance to Port Adelaide, our home port, but … there is no wind!

We had a good run last night, the breeze held nice and steady from the south-west right up until we got into Backstairs Passage after which, not surprisingly, it became a little more uncertain of itself, but sufficient to carry us into St Vincent Gulf. Then this morning, as a high pressure system has now moved almost overhead, the wind has all but died.  Earlier I dropped all sail for a while and just drifted for a few hours, which allowed me to catch up on a little sleep. Now we have a very light breeze from the west, I have hoisted the mainsail, set the drifter and we are … drifting.

Maybe a sea breeze will kick in a little later, regardless I don't think we will be getting into port until late tonight or early tomorrow.

All is well.