Cape Otway

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Thu 17 Nov 2016 01:39

Noon Position: 38 50.0 S 143 18.3 E
Course: West Nor’ West Speed: 3 knots
Wind: North Nor’ West, F5 – strong breeze
Sea: moderate Swell: South West 2 meters
Weather: sunny, mild
Day’s Run: 70 nm

We have at last made it past Cape Otway, and at long last we have enjoyed a period of fair winds, albeit for only a short while and then a bit on the light side. We now have fresh headwinds and we are punching into the seas under a single reefed main and the staysail. A front is expected to pass through around 22.00 so can expect conditions to get worse before they get better. Once the front has passed over, the wind is forecast to swing into the south west. Hopefully it will shift far enough around to allow us to ease sheets and reach for a while.

All is well.