Almost no better..

Time 1810 local
Lat N 23° 22.0′
Lon W 68° 58.0′
Nautical miles from Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, BVI: 378
Nautical miles to Sandy Hook, NJ: 1058

Our progress northward and west ward continue under clear skies with steady, comfortable winds. The wind is from the east-southeast at 15 knots, and we are on a deep broad reach moving at 6.5 knots in nearly flat seas. We are watching the weather models daily to try to pick out the best possible course through the calm spots.

The different models are suggesting different courses–some shorter in distance, but through lighter, and more variable winds. Since making finely scaled predictions is not really something the models are good at, I tend to discount any recommendation based on picking a course through small scale changes in weather forecast several days ahead in favor of a course that might have a bit more distance to it, but more reliable winds that are part of larger scale weather features.

Out here in this part of the open ocean our wildlife count drops dramatically. A few flying fish, and a graceful tropic bird are about our total for the day.

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