Upwind in the Trades

Since they started yesterday, the trade winds have been living up to their reputation for being steady, reliable sailboat pushers. Fifteen to twenty-five knots all the time. Those steady winds build big waves, and we are driving fast into them at a steady 6.5 to 7 knots. Lots of bouncing, and lots of spray. It looks like we will have another 4 or 5 days of exactly the same ahead of us.

Right now we are about 500 miles due east of Daytona, FL making our way east-south-east on a close reach. In flat water with these winds we could go quite a bit faster, but we are reefed down to make the ride comfortable for the boat—and for us!

The boat is running well, no major issues. Sometime on the 6th of January still looks like a likely landing date in Antigua.

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2 Responses to Upwind in the Trades

  1. jdkinney08853 says:

    Bill and Karen

    BARF!!!

    Reading your post made me do that. Happy new year.

    News from home, Suzanne and two of the girls have apparently recovered from a bout of COVID. Apparently all are well.

    Dad is doing well. He discovered Alexa (with our help) and is binging on music which he hasn’t really done in a long time.

    Happy trails.

    Jim

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  2. I hope the winds continue to have a northerly component to them so you don’t have to beat your way into those waves. Continued fair winds! (I’m enjoying these updates vicariously!)

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