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I think good Captain Jack heard me lamenting about the wind and decided to do something about it, in his own mischievous way of course.
Yesterday was forecast to have winds in the single digits almost all day. Instead, the good Captain sent lots of squalls running through the area, including the biggest one we’ve been in yet. That kept winds up in the low 20’s pretty much the whole day. Squalls are certainly not my favorite since you never know exactly how big the gusts might get so we do a lot of reefing and then shaking out the reef once they pass. Plus, for the first time we saw a bit of lightening in the clouds. None actually appeared to become a lightening bolt and hit the ground, but still a bit unnerving.
Then today… oh today… The winds shifted today and decided to come from exactly where we need to go. We’ve spent the whole day close hauled, bashing into waves, which is pretty much the least fun way to sail possible. The winds slowly shifting to the north, which will allow us to get closer to back on course. Right now, our VMG towards our Bahamas waypoint is between 1-2 knots. The one positive is that the front which is supposed to bring the shift in wind passed by during daylight hours so that we could see it and prepare for it. It brought gusts of winds in the upper 30’s so I was quite glad we’d taken the main down, had only a small bit of genoa out and were using an engine to help keep us from losing too much ground due to the wind.
So today has not been the best day. As it stands we have less than 300 nm to our waypoint at the entrance in to the Bahamas and I’m hoping that the wind will cooperate enough tomorrow and Sunday to help us get there. We will have definitely earned it.