13 Jan Beautiful Day
It is an absolutely beautiful day. Just a grand day to be sailing with a purpose. The sun, Sky, and sea however belie what’s in store for a great swath of this part of the South Atlantic in the next day or so.
Winds of 50+ knots and seas of 24+ feet are forecast here and anywhere you could possibly get to in a small sailing vessel. The wind and wave-field that follows the low is equally humbling. What is perhaps most significant is that the whole shebang is going to be here for a while. Friday looks to be when things return to sort-of-normalish.
At 1200 UTC I decided to head to Port Stanley in the Falklands to not only seek shelter, but to effect some maintenance issues that are sure to cause problems down the road. In particular, the windvane is chewing through the drive spindle of the steering system.
If I don’t leave the boat and I anchor out, I won’t jeopardize the non-stop categorization of the trip. By stopping I risk nothing except a bruised ego and a couple of days lost. Seemed a good trade-off to me.
For this following along, next stop : Port Stanley! The best laid plans of mice and men….
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