Cruel Jokes
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Cruel Jokes

Cruel Jokes

Cruel Jokes

I wrote that I would have considered having rounded the Cape when I was well away from the place.

At 0430 all looked well for my planned exit and route to a waypoint east of the Falklands. At 0530, this is what I came on deck to see. An east wind blowing out of the sun.

Had I overslept by two days? What happen to the westerlies that I was hiding from? That had been in the forecasts for days and were to remain for days? Had someone at NOAA forgot a negative sign in some equation crucial to model output?

I’m heading generally NW looking for the west winds that look to have turned to dust. Judging by the absence of anything like the trough of yesterday, it’s likely futile and the only thing for it is to beat my way out of here going straight upwind. A cruel joke indeed.

Follow my tracks in real-time:


  • BT
    Posted at 10:41h, 02 July Reply

    Bert, you are amazing! Following you progress and posts with great admiration for you courage and wishing / willing you success. You are on the downhill run now. All the best from an Aussie follower BT ( 2 degrees of separation from your Uncle Joe).

  • Sandi Lyon
    Posted at 03:20h, 06 July Reply

    That looks about right. When it’s hot out in the ocean, its foggy and wet on the Wet Coast. That means you’re on the right track, heading the right direction. Finally. Woohoo.

  • Anita Kuntz
    Posted at 00:10h, 08 July Reply

    Following you journey and am truly amazed.

  • Suzan Persons
    Posted at 15:43h, 09 July Reply

    What an amazing journey!!

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