Still going. We have our own private low formed off the Brazilian coast to bend the wind in a more adverse direction than even the northeast trade winds would be.
1928 UTC, 4/44S 32/42W, 11.1 knots, 032T, staysail and two reefs in the mainsail, 20 knots ese wind, squally on approach toward equator. Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Heading just
1500utc, 3/09S 34/33W, port tack. Heading east from Maceió, Brazil, but couldn’t quite fetch the coast. So at the 100 meter line, I tacked to go east for about 25
February 12, 2009 – A difficult day. About 12 hours in the middle of the day produced no significant mileage in the direction of France. About 4-5 hours in the middle
February 11, 2009 – Difficult day with shifting winds: 20 knots, 2 knots, east, northeast, north, southeast, black clouds with no wind. Ten sail changes today, all for naught, go 12
2147 utc, 16/48S 37/25W, 9.0 kts @ 016T, solent and one reef. A long day of trying to point high on starboard tack up the coast to clear some shoals, and
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
February 8, 2009 – Tacking dead upwind trying to get past Rio. To go into the high deep enough to get a good tack north would be many miles seemingly sideways.
February 7, 2009 – 1300 UTC, 26/38S 37/03 W, 8.5 knots, staysail, one reef, 20 knots of wind NNW, came through trough last night. If you haven’t seen a South American thunderhead,
February 6, 2009 – A day late with the ship’s log. Great fatigue yesterday after a very long day. Had to replace the pilot steering linkage bolt again. This time with