Monday, June 9, 2008

Atlantic Crossing Day 12 - Go Speed Racer

When we plan a passage, we use 5 knots as our average speed. From Juneau, Alaska, to this Atlantic crossing, it has held true. Only occasionally have we had a greater average daily speed. When we average more than five knots, we get very excited about how dizzyingly fast we are going. Today will be one of those fast speed racer days. We had 18 knots on a broad reach and four knots of current pushing SE. These of combined forces of wind and current propelled us along at 8.5 to 9.5 knots. However, let's keep this in perspective. Our fastest speed is still slower than the maximum allowed speed limit in a school zone when the sidewalks are crowded with children and crossing guards are stationed at the crosswalk. With all the water splashing about it only seems like Mr. Toad's Wild Ride.

As of noon today our 24-hour average speed was 7.14 knots, and we covered a distance of 171.3 miles. Currently we are sailing more southerly to avoid a low pressure system with strong winds. When we get to 35 degrees north, we'll start heading in a more easterly direction.

All is well aboard Solstice.

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