Light Wind Morning
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Light Wind Morning

Light Wind Morning

Light Wind Morning

Today will be a day of light winds and calm seas as we await the arrival and development of a severe, localized low to the south.

Of all the things I wanted to avoid on this leg, I wanted to avoid a severe storm over the shallow and varied bottom topography that guards the western approaches to Prince Edward, Marion, and the Crozet Islands. It has actually come to that.

It is why I am at 40S and not 43 or 44. It is why I began to move North just over a day ago. The low South of us, with bring storm force winds at 47S or so and strong gales all the way up to 40S east of our position Thursday and into Friday. As it stands this morning, all of that will miss me. Fingers crossed it does.

Here is how I looked at the big picture when planning my passage here:
Strike One – The shallow bottom
Strike Two – The very rugged bottom topography
Strike Three – The possible presence of any eddies spinoff the Agulhas Current
Strike Four – A possible enhancement of the West Wind Drift

Three strikes and you’re out. There’s a fourth in case you’re playing softball. Regardless, it as enough to make me want to be in deep water between 40 and 41S with the only significant risk being an adverse current in an eddy. As luck would have it, the current is here and against, but slight. If I had more fingers, I would be crossing them too.

Although slow and with another poor daily run resulting from the light winds that will eventually die today, I am glad of it considering the shenanigans south.

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  • Claude
    Posted at 20:39h, 29 March Reply

    In weather like today having a fellow partner would make the difference of the world.

    Heavy weather conditions are great only when you have enough energy to enjoy it. I wish you the time of your life.

  • Tony Yanca
    Posted at 02:58h, 06 April Reply

    Hi Bert, I came across your voyage on looking for more positive and up-beat news in the world today. As we continue to try to isolate ourselves looking to conquer this extremely serious virus, you’re essentially isolated fighting the elements of Ocean Blue. I’m a surfer in Southern California and I’m always intrigued by extremely passionate individuals who take on these adventures, especially when it involves the ocean. I’m currently listening to some Reggae and enjoying a Pale Ale from our local brewery 🙂 Our Family is healthy and I’ll be working from home tomorrow, but will continue to follow your voyage rooting you on the whole way through. I wish you safe passage and pray that you will utilize all that you’ve learned to help you endure the many obstacles that come your way. You will make complete this voyage and I look forward to your future posts. Take care of yourself.


  • John T.Rice
    Posted at 04:06h, 06 April Reply

    Be safe..pulling for you!

  • Susan Conway Gray
    Posted at 05:56h, 06 April Reply

    What an incredible journey you have set up for yourself!
    I find your reflection on the coronavirus to be incredibly insightful.
    Self isolation as a time to reflect on what we want to become, what legacy we choose to leave behind.
    To many that level of self introspection will appear daunting and even impossible.
    To truly examine our minds, behaviors, and motivations while holding them into the light through the prism of our souls is an exercise most would not have the courage to do.
    But I hope some will take up that challenge.
    Good luck to you!

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