13 Mar All is Well that Ends Well
All is Well that Ends Well
After a difficult day yesterday much complicated by the arrival of the tropical cyclone Twentytwo S, at least there was this.
I have been forced north by wind and wave. It was my last, but unfortunately only option. In a nutshell, any options for making any headway East have been barred closed by the Cyclone as it tracks southeast ward from Madagascar eventually dropping down to 42S and filling this part of the Indian Ocean with strong to gale force east winds.
As of yet, there is no clear safe option. Behind me there is a strong low and trough developing making West unattractive. South is shut off by a high pressure windless zone. East is closed as it is straight upwind. Stopping places me directly in the path of the low coming up astern. North it would seem is the lesser of all evils.
In the meantime, it is tough upwind work in mixed swell and variable, inconsistent winds. Alternately we are heeled over crashing into a Northeast secondary swell that is 4-6′ and rolling windlessly in the 8-10′ primary swell. You wouldn’t wish this sort of thing on your worst enemy.
But things will change. The forecast will change. The wind will change. The seas and sea state will change. Fingers crossed that at least some of those things change for the better. In the meantime, we go north and east and I am reminded at the end of this day that all is well that ends well.
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