29 Nov Perpetual Motion
The swell that has been making our progress south something of a circus ride has com from God knows where. Perhaps the storms some 1500 miles south but that would be just a guess.
These waves are the closest thing on earth to perpetual motion. The process is virtually frictionless and this enables the energy that in the waveform that you see to travel for thousands and thousands of miles. They are a wonder to behold marching across the surface of the sea to do battle on some distant shore.
As wondrous as they are to behold, progress against them is not for the faint of heart. How the ships of old ever went anywhere to windward is a mystery to me.
Seaburban is not at her best going to windward. It is something to be endured but what must be done, must be done. Surely we will get a break from the 25+’knots of breeze and 12′ swell that bars a straight passage south…
Follow my tracks in real-time: