05 Apr The Start
And this is how it starts. Unfortunately, it will not end this way.
Picture perfect blue skies and cumulus clouds are not what’s in store over the next 3 or 4 days. We will be beam reaching in 25 – 30 knots of breeze under clouds and showers for as long as the swell and waves allow. And if the forecasted waves do make an appearance, we won’t be beam reaching for long.
Why reach and not run you ask? Tropical Cyclone Irondo says so that’s why. We can’t stay where we are, go north or even south as all that ocean will be her domain in a few days time. We are trying to put some distance between us and her.
Going East is not without peril either. We will be sailing smack dab into 35 knot northerlies and 5-6, if not 6-7 meter seas. They will force us south where the reforming remnants of Irondo are making a last stand before being swallowed up by a much larger low further south.
If all you get from the above is that the weather is not good, you’ve got all you need. The weather is not good and we’re in for a tough week at least. But it’s starting nicely.
I had hoped that getting under the land down under would mean getting things back under control. It would appear that the weather gods, being underhanded, have understated the start solely to undermine our plans. At least that’s what I understand.
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