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So close, yet so far away… This morning started out with the wind shifting pretty significantly from behind us to coming over our port beam. We raised the main, took out the barber hauler and Starry Horizons absolutely took off while beam reaching. We were hitting 9-10 knots in less than 20 knots of breeze. That was a lot of fun!
Unfortunately it didn’t last as the wind continued to shift. Our GRIB files indicated that there should be 10-15 knots of wind and that we would be able to sail closed hauled or on a close reach on into to Las Palmas. The weather forecast we had received had the wind speeds a bit lower but still at an angle we’d be able to sail, though probably with an engine running as well.
And of course, the wind has died more than predicted, and shifted even further south than predicted, so that the true wind seems to be coming directly from Las Palmas and is light enough that if we try to bear off and sail, we generate most of the apparent wind. And to top it off, the winds seems to be generating some southerly chop which is going against the predominate NW swell and making things pretty bumpy.
Fortunately, we’re about 115nm away from Las Palmas and since we are aiming for arrival during daylight hours tomorrow, we’ve got the engine on and plenty of fuel to power through if necessary. Not the most comfortable of options, so we’re definitely earning this arrival back on land.
In lighter news, Starry Horizons set a new world speed record on the water today. Our chart plotter is showing that our Max Speed over Ground is 128 knots and I’ve got the picture to prove it. So put us in the record books!
We also had our first aviary visitor on board Starry Horizons today, a little bird that we named “Hoppy”. He was quite at home on the boat and even flew down into one of the guest cabins to take a nap! We eventually convinced him that outside was better and he hung around for a while before taking off again for parts unknown.
Time for our last dinner aboard for this passage and Amy has cooked up a special one, strawberry balsamic pork chops with rice and some beets. We may not be the best sailors in the world, but our Admiral can cook with anyone on the water.
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