Total miles sailed so far=15,394 NM.
Miles sailed last three days=421 NM.
Distance left to go to East Cape Tasmania=590 NM.
Top speed so far=14.1 kts.
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24hr.Run=128NM. Pos. Lat.45*07’S. Long.127*05’E. Weather=Wind=8-25kts.WNW. Seas=8-12ft. WNW. Cabin Temp=56*-62*. Bar=1008’mb
Sailing along under mizzen main & stay sail in weather just a little too dicey to pull Patches off for repair. A cold front is sneaking up on us very slowly, making it difficult to judge when it will arrive.
Tasmania looms ahead, surrounded by treacherous bodies of water, such as Bass Strait, Tasman Sea, and The Southern Ocean where we will be.
Here we find ourselves with our back against the wall, as we have very little control over our arrival time, and this area to the south of Tasmania is the spawning grounds of many severe low pressure systems.
Here aboard Sailors Run we can only hope for a little good luck transiting this stretch of ocean.
24hr.Run=149 NM. Pos. Lat.45*12’S. Long.130*29’E. Weather= Wind=10-25Kts.WNW. Seas=8-12ft.W. Cabin Temp=58*-62*. Bar=107mb
Today we are sailing fast along our course line, and it seems the high pressure in the area has stalled the cold fronts arrival. There is a low pressure trough up ahead that we might have the opportunity to collect some water in.
I have decided that I will strip down to my underwear and slip on my Mustang work suit [A suit used by fisherman and Coast Guard alike when working in cold water areas]. This is necessary because I’m getting down to my last warm clothing. Should I get a lot of water then I can get some clothes washed up. Today I wiped mold from some of the walls and oiled some of the teak wood below decks.
It’s funny how that before this voyage, I had a huge list of things to do to get the boat ready to go, and low and behold once again I have another large list of things that need to be done to the boat, a battle that seems impossible to win.
24hr.Run=144 NM. Pos. Lat.45*45’S. Long.133*46’E. Weather= Wind=10-25kts.WNW. Seas=8-12ft. WNW. Cabin Temp.58*-60*. Bar=1004mb
Today I was pulling weather faxes and happened to notice a huge storm off Cape Horn, the likes of no sailor would care to participate in. It appeared two 964 lows had combined at the Horn and were tearing the place up.
My weather has been reasonably mild the past 5-days and it appears that will end tomorrow, when a big low moves up from the south onto the Sailors Run.
It appears now that I will be riding the northern top edge of the low in 35-45 kt gale force conditions, and that should be okay. My only worry is if it comes in behind me and runs directly over the top of me meaning much more severe conditions for a longer period of time. “Feeling Lucky Punk”??
Feeling Lucky, the Jefe’.
PS. Be sure and check out the blog at WWW.SAILORSRUN.COM as Debbie is posting pictures of our past 17-years of cruising.