Clocking Winds

Where Next?
Bob Williams
Sun 5 Jun 2022 09:32
Noon Position: 37 29.0 S 092 26.0 E
Course: ESE Speed: 6 knots
Wind: N Force 4
Sea: moderate Swell: NNE 2 m
Weather: overcast, mild
Day's Run: 152 nm

We have had the wind on our port beam for the past 24 hours. It freshened
overnight and I reduced sail to three reefs and 50% jib; in hindsight a bit
of overkill but it made for a relaxing night and we have still posted a
decent day's run. This morning with the wind easing I have shaken out two of
the reefs and unrolled the jib.
My hopes for carrying a fair breeze for the rest of the way to Adelaide have
been dashed already. A low pressure cell is forming to the west of Australia
and extending a trough south between the highs down to Sylph's present
position such that by tomorrow evening the winds will have clocked all the
way round back to the SE and then east. More headwinds! On the plus side it
appears that they will continue backing a full circle and will be in the NE
on Tuesday.
As ever, we will make the most of whatever we get.
All is well.