February 9, 2009 – 0945 utc, 21/48S 36/23W, 8.5 kntos at 348T. Working very hard to get upwind and to where we can have a favorable wind angle. It is still far off, but we did get a good lift yesterday evening up to steering north for a while. Another low out of Rio will squeeze the isobars in an unfavorable direction though, so we will get headed as we head up and therefore into the coast. Will push it as long as possible, maybe we can get a break. A tack offshore may be necessary, but it seems a very bad angle now for sure. Staysail and 2 reefs in the main, down from solent and 1 reef, and the boat does the same speed and angle with only a change of a few knots of windspeed.