our wind forecasts are coming true and there is zero danger of us
going north for some time. winds are strong out of the north east
until tomorrow afternoon, then shifting to the NW. We have a high that
moved in right over us, pushing a
cold front over us first, and now that high is hanging out for a
while, and will provide these less than perfect wind conditions
(unless we were a sailboat) for some time.
slogging away on a pleasant day,
a wind/progress update and some words about them...
After writing you guys yesterday to update you about the wind system
that's coming (which we should get between 6am-noon tomorrow and last
a few days), it really got me thinking, and actually made me a little
anxious. It's tough being out here at times knowing that you all are
in town, around town, or on your way in (Angie) to see the finish.
What's more, you may have been there for some time. It's easy in my
position to want to pull my ass off even harder just to get the boat
in that much sooner. Unfortunately I can't just pull harder and make
it happen. One, I'll lose more than the 30 or so pounds I've probably
shed from my frame already, and two, the weather just won't have it.
The ocean will let us pass when it deems necessary.
So, you guys have been wonderful, and I know and appreciate that you
have not rushed me and asked me for predictions etc on landing and
finishing etc. This may just be me wanting to make sure I can please
you guys and show you a good time and give you a good finish, and I
certainly plan on doing that. Please know though that it will be at
least 5 more days... hopefully 5-7, but the last time somebody
predicted a big finish, we were supposed to be in Falmouth by day 48.
We've made great progress north yesterday and today, and the moment
the wind shifts against us, we're going to bee-line it for the finish,
and on to Falmouth. Any talk of us going anywhere else like Land's End
or another port is out of the question... we'll see you with brownies!
boys and girls,
letting you know that there is a stiff headwind forecasted to begin
blowing around the 7th or 8th and wants to keep us from England. We're
heading more north right now to get as high as possible... like near
the top of the finish line, so that when the wind does start to blow
in, we can go south-east and try to skirt through even with the wind.
the next order of business will be getting to mainland. If it persists
as long as early estimates say (the 14th), there is a remote
possibility that we'd make landfall in Land's End, as at that point,
once we've finished, the only record left to set is to make landfall
in MAINLAND UK - meaning anywhere. That's a ways off though and we'll
know more over the next couple days. Keep in mind though that this is
still a very remote possibility for land's end and we still plan on
hitting Falmouth as our first port of arrival.
Seeing you soon,