2310 utc 47/37S 151/01W, reacher and one reef, 14.2 knots speed, 20 knots west wind, going for west Pacific ice gate. There is an intense low located north of the high that I am presently sitting in, and the low has just been sitting there, perfectly formed. But the weather files showed it originally to be moving slowly, and then dissolving against high. The latest weather file shows that the low will continue moving to the south, and it will eventually overtake this area with a strong east wind. That would be a bad spot for me to be in (heavy weather and seas), so I am sailing hard to try to get to ice gate and escape the likely ESE wind into the tail of west wind before that happens. We'll see. I don't generally push the boat this hard, but now is the time.