The last mile is always the longest.

Time 1300 local
Lat N 38° 27.0′
Lon W 72° 12.8′
Nautical miles from Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke, BVI: 1262
Nautical miles to Sandy Hook, NJ: 147

We are making good time, but the miles aren’t as easy as they had been. For the last 18 hours we have been close hauled into 15 to 25 knots from the northeast. Especially for those places where the wind and current were opposed, it has been a bouncy ride. During one stretch we actually found a combination of boat speed and wave height and wave spacing that had us pounding like a Boston Whaler.

I had hoped to be trolling line as we crossed the great underwater canyons of the outer continental shelf, but it has been too rough to deal with the gear, or especially a large fish!

Our watches are now spent huddled under the dodger out of the spray, fully kitted out in foul weather gear because it is so freezing cold! Hey, have some sympathy! We spent the winter in the tropics where an evening when it dropped below 75° was relished as “cold”. So the cloudy, breezy, 63° we are experiencing now feels frigid!

All the weather models agree, around 20:00 this evening the wind will drop off to almost nothing. We should be arriving mid afternoon tomorrow.

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