Time 1720 local
Lat N 21° 11.7′
Lon W 67° 31.1′
Nautical miles from Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, BVI: 227
Nautical miles to Sandy Hook, NJ: 1203
Today’s sailing varied from exhilaratingly fast, to annoyingly slow. Although any day we cover more than 150 miles, there can be no complaining about!
Last night we were treated to a beautiful light show in the distance as thunderstorm built up over the mountains of Puerto Rico.
We had a couple of typical tradewind squalls go over us this afternoon. They followed they typical pattern, ahead of the squall the winds are reenforced, and blow harder, while behind them the winds are light and fluky. Right now the skies have cleared, and the wind has stabilized again, so we are back on track. Not the 8.5 knots we were doing earlier, but a steady 6.
The weather routing software has us continuing to move west to avoid the very light airs that are over the straight line course. We’ll probably need to get as far north as central Florida before we make a final turn north.