Friday, June 20, 2008

Atlantic Crossing Day 23 - An Uncomfortable Day

We were on a close reach tack with the swell on our beam most of the day. It was a wet and uncomfortable ride. It has been difficult to sleep well as the boat drops off a swell and you are lifted off the bed. Or just as you're falling asleep a wave bangs into the hull, jolting you back to full consciousness. To sleep in these conditions you have to be very tired. Despite the uncomfortable nature of the day, we did have our second fastest day on record with an average speed of 6.84 knots traveling 164.2 miles.

The wind has slowed and the swell has dropped this evening making for smoother ride. We should have light winds through Friday. Late Friday the winds should switch to the SW and start to build. The SW winds will work great for getting us through this final leg to Flores.

All is well aboard Solstice.

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