Day 4 cont.
We are safely anchored in Turtle bay. Boat is in good shape and we have just finished cleaning her up and looking forward to a good night sleep.
We are 16 miles from Turtle bay where we will spend the next couple of days waiting for a suitable weather window for the next leg to San Diego. Unfortunately the next leg does not provide us with and suitable ports of refuge if something should go wrong so we need to get it right first time.
This last few days has been one of the longest 400 mile trips I’ve ever done and we are looking forward to the boat being on anchor soon.
We have navigated her closer to the coast to avoid the biggest of the waves but have still seen good one’s in the 15 ft range. The next few days its going to get much windier so who knows what we will see next time we go out.
Last night the wind was shifty between 5 knots and 20 knots, direction of 270 – 330. A combination of sailing under number 3 Main and mizzen was used. We are tucked up in the bay and have found flatter water to sail in and a better more stable wind direction. It was foggy this morning but has already burnt off nicely.
133NM from Turtle bay, ETA Saturday lunch time.
All is well on board
Sunny and good vis
112′ 05 w
Speed 6 knots, motor sailing
Wind 5 knots 300 TWD
Foggy and flat sea
Al is well on board and all systems 100%
Just filled up the diesel tank while the water was calm this morning. Expecting the wind to pick up tomorrow afternoon . Just about to down load fresh grib file.
The first day has been a painfully slow one. After departure and rounding the corner we ran into big seas from exactly where we wanted to go. The wind was only around 15 knots or less but gusting nearer 20 at times. The sea state is what is killing us and velocity made good is terrible.
Progress is bad and we know there is much worse to come latter on Friday and we have 300 miles to get in somewhere safe and avoid it. In 24 hrs we have gained 50 miles from Cabo despite covering much more ground. The wind is much better now and the sea has flattened off considerably.
23′ 40″n 110′ 37″ w
4 – 6 knots