Thursday, May 10, 2012


Noon Position: 47 18' S, 170 E, SOG 5.5, COG 015, Day's Run 48nm,
Week's Run 755nm. Slogging upwind in 25-30 is no fun. Everything is
still wet, mostly from condensation, but also some from leaks, such as
the stupid chainplate that seems to have managed to somehow dig an
artesian well in the deck. Just for entertainment this morning I tried
wiping down the ceiling and walls to stop the dripping, but within two
hours it was back, dribbling all over everything again. I could deal
with the cold and the wet a lot better if I were actually going
somewhere, but beating my brains out for 24 hours to gain only 48 miles
is just depressing. My tacking angles in these seas vary between 130
and 140 degrees - so much for the vaunted upwind prowess of the fin
keel. Ocean Star, the 90' full keel schooner I used to captain, was an
absolute pig to windward and could tack through 120 to 130 degrees in
flat water. After only a day and a half, New Zealand is already
starting to wear on me.

1 comment:

  1. Aw, I can't imagine being wet and cold for so long, Eric.
    Visualize a daysail to Catalina? You're a courageous man.