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Morning After

Morning After

Morning After

Sensing something was not right last night around midnight, I threw back the companionway hatch and the wind literally exploded in my face.

40 knots. Apparent that is. 46+ true.

Under clear moonlit skies no less meaning all 46 were here to stay. It took me until 0330 to figure out what to do with Seaburban. The wind hovered around 38 with long sustained spells at 40 and 45 apparent. When the clouds and showers finally arrived, gusts were 50+.

No matter how much sail I set or where it was set, the Monitor just could not pull us back on course after the waves and swell knocked us off. We would either tear off in a close reach, lee rail under and the secondary north swell beating a tattoo on our beam, or fall off and end up backsides, the rig shaking like an autumn leaf being hounded by an eager groundskeeper with a high-powered blower. In the end, it was the Solent sheets amidships with barely more than the clew showing and the Monitor set to steer about 15 degrees up from dead down wind.

This morning right before I took these pictures, we had 35 gusting 42. Shortly after, With a 4th reef in the  Solent, we were off to the races and back in business.

Where the 45+ came from last night, only Neptune knows. John had warned about extreme gusts in showers and when I came on deck to nary a cloud, I knew we were in for it.

Today has been a mixed bag but the sun was a welcome sight. How long has it been since I’ve seen the sun I couldn’t say. Any sun we’ve had lately has been peeking through fleeting breaks in the clouds. My navigation reflects the lack of usable sun and rough conditions. I figure my position might be as much as 25 miles out.

Last night already seems a distant memory albeit firmly etched in my mind. Why I struggled so will haunt me every time I see 40 knots in the forecast. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen for a while and if it must, let’s hope for somewhere where the waves aren’t bigger than apartment buildings.

Follow my tracks in real-time:
https://bit.ly/svseaburban

 

15 Comments
  • 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!!

  • Karin Hill
    Posted at 15:27h, 13 July Reply

    Been following you for a couple of months now. What an amazing journey! Your blog is insightful and humorous. Almost home. Safe travels!

  • MountainJack
    Posted at 19:52h, 14 July Reply

    Has to be an amazing feeling to be so near home, Bert.

    Have spent months at sea “steaming”, not sailing, gaining my sea legs with the constant motion just became second nature. Getting back to a stable platform at dockside or over on the beach left me wobbly for a day or two. Cannot imagine how you’ll feel after a year of hardly ever being stable. There is that other thing having been on your own for that long; the familiarity of constant aloneness , the feeling of approach avoidance, being forced back into humanity. Might feel as though you could just extend a little bit more and savor the experience just a little longer…naw, probably not.

    Welcome back home, Bert. You’ve completed one heck of a feat.

  • Arthur Oliver
    Posted at 04:33h, 15 July Reply

    Getting oh so close. What’s the ETA?

  • estelle C whiddon
    Posted at 02:58h, 16 July Reply

    Bert, your homecoming Saturday will be a joyous occasion! I have followed the voyage daily and hope your arrival home brings much joy.

  • Peter Jungschaffer
    Posted at 07:19h, 18 July Reply

    This has been so great. Thank you!!!

  • BT
    Posted at 09:50h, 18 July Reply

    Hi Bert, you are just a few hours away from home. We are cheering for your most successful journey. We are especially amazed at the sailing conditions below Australia and New Zealand, as we can have some very big polar blasts hit us at this time of the year. Cannot imagine what it was like to sail through that type of weather. Can only take of hats off to you I amazement. Hope that you make it to Oz for a visit. What a wonderful achievement you have accomplished. /bt

  • Antonio Corbelletta
    Posted at 16:15h, 18 July Reply

    Congratulations! What an adventure! Well done. I have enjoyed tracking your voyage everyday just wish I would have know about it earlier, from the beginning.

  • Suzan
    Posted at 18:13h, 18 July Reply

    Yeahhhhhhhhh Bert!!! You have done it!!!
    Happy Homecoming – And stay safe!!!
    It isn’t the same world that you left!!
    I’m going to miss reading your travels and your adventures!! But thrilled that you’re home (almost) safe and sound!!
    Next trip around the world, hope that you’ll stop along the way and post your photos of the locals and the ports!!

  • Raegan Elford
    Posted at 19:23h, 18 July Reply

    Soldier who has logged more sea time than this Navy sailor.
    What an incredible accomplishment (the journey vice logging more sea time than I)
    BZ

  • Marianne Scott
    Posted at 18:25h, 19 July Reply

    Congratulations on your accomplishment! I guess we will have to put up a plaque commemorating your voyage on the Victoria Harbour wall.

    Hope to see you this week.

    Marianne Scott

  • Tom Cory
    Posted at 07:40h, 23 July Reply

    Congradulations Bert from Annapolis MD. A Great Adventure.

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