Friday, June 6, 2008

Atlantic Crossing Day 9 - Chasing the Gulf Stream

North of Florida the Gulf Steam begins to meander. it move easterly and westerly and will even split into two separate streams. There is also back eddies and cold water counter currents to deal with. With satellite imaging available from NOAA and the US Navy using the Gulf Stream has become very predictable. It's good to know when to use it for your advantage and when to stay out when a wind blows opposite the current. Wind opposing current creates large and steep wave quickly.

We have spent the last 20 hours heading as due north as possible to find an east-setting portion of the Gulf Stream. We found it and it's adding 1.5 kts. to our speed. Every little bit helps as we are 1,917 miles from Horta, Azores. Best prediction now is for 14 days to arrive.

All is well aboard Solstice.

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