No Clue Whatsoever
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No Clue Whatsoever

No Clue Whatsoever

No Clue Whatsoever

The sky is an impossible blue expanse that rivals anything I have seen in the tropics. There is not a cloud in the sky and no clue whatsoever of what is to come in a few hours time.

It is disconcerting. There should be cirrus, and alto cumulus and a host of others descending on us from the north. Instead we have blue nothingness and a building Northwesterly wind. Perhaps it is the blue skies and Northerly breeze that are then clues themselves. Regardless, will worsen considerably before days end.

I came on deck at 0515 to find the wind already blowing 20 gusting 25. I had planned to shorten sail in the afternoon, but with the winds already blowing well in excess of what was forecast, I started early. The main has it’s storm lashings on, the lazyjacks have been pulled forward, the Monitor control line leads were refreshed, the runners are on and set up hard, and the spinnaker plea are double-lashed. It’s cost me miles as we sail at 6 as opposed to 7 but my mind is at ease.

We are sailing due East and will continue reaching across the seas until conditions dictate otherwise. The goal is to clear 43E between 40 and 41S thereby putting the dangerous waters North and West of the Crozets behind us. After 43E, the path is clear South with no other obstacles between us and Cape Leeuwin other than the sea itself.

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4 Comments
  • 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 goodnewsnetwork.org 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.

    Cheers,

  • 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

    Bert,
    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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