Day 101 - Much Better

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Thu 24 Mar 2022 09:48
Noon Position: 43 28.4 S 054 38.8 E
Course: E Speed: 6 knots
Wind: N, F4 Sea: moderate
Swell: WSW 3 m
Weather: overcast, cool
Day's Run: 132nm (120nm of Easting)

We continued to run up to the ENE overnight before a W'ly breeze but come
this forenoon the wind has veered into the north and we are now beam
reaching to the east; one reef in the main, staysail set, and 80% jib. A
nasty low is bearing down upon us from the NW and will be overtaking us some
time tomorrow with gale force winds. There does not appear to be any way of
avoiding it so I have broken out the series drogue just in case. Fortunately
I am feeling a lot better than I did two days ago.
In the brief period of moderate weather that we have enjoyed for the last 24
hours I have managed to run the genset for a couple of hours and we have
also had a few hours of decent sunshine so the batteries, while still very
much on the low side, are not as critical as they were yesterday.
Hopefully once this low pressure system goes past we will have some better
weather for at least a few days and we will be able to complete a full
recharge of batteries and crew.
Advanced ship's clocks to time zone -4.
All is well.