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We went from the asymmetrical to a reefed main and the Solent in less than 45 minutes. From lazing downhill to close-hauled.

I was about to pre-compute the evening star shots when we were overtaken by this bank of cumulus at the end of their life. So much for figuring out where exactly we were.

It has become a race to 32 South or so between us and a large low pressure system sweeping up from the southern ocean. To the victor goes sunshine and downwind courses. The loser gets headwinds and thick cloud.

It dawned on me that we were here. Here being knocking on the door of the Roaring Forties. Sunshine and heat and light winds would soon give way to layered fleece and merino wool and foul weather gear. Seaburban at that moment felt small and frail.

Cape Horn lies days away now. Not weeks but days. Somewhere nearby I am sure there is a billboard that reads “Only 21 more shopping days ’till Cape Horn!”

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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