Light Winds and Drizzle
Thu 31 Jan 2013 02:27
Course: Southeast Speed: 4 knots
Wind: Northwest, F3, gentle breeze
Sea: slight Swell: North 0.5 m
Weather: Overcast, some drizzle, cool
Day’s run: 127 nm
The wind grew light overnight and the moderate swell had Sylph's sails slatting as it rolled beneath her. At 2.20 this morning I had had enough; I dropped the mainsail to continue on under the jib alone at a much quieter three knots.
I had been expecting another front to come through last night so I also thought with just the jib up we would be well snugged down to receive it when it arrived, but this has not turned out to be the case. I have clearly misjudged the front's arrival time as we still have a gentle breeze from the northwest which we are once more running wing on wing before. At least now we have Tasmania to the south of us protecting us from the Southern Ocean swells. And, despite my rather conservative sailing, Sylph has still managed to clock up a pretty respectable day's run of 127 miles.
Meanwhile, I have misplaced my mobile phone. I have searched through all the conceivable nooks and crannies in which it might be hiding over the last several days, but thus far it eludes me. Not to worry, I have no need for it out here and it will eventually turn up.
All is well.