Sunday, July 20, 2008

Atlantic Crossing 2nd Leg Day 7 - Still No Wind

We have run the engine all day to get north of the high pressure. It is 10:30 p.m. local time and we finally have a breeze. There is 6 knots of wind moving us at 3.3 knots. At times today there was absolutely no breeze; the water around us was like glass. We have most of the starboard fuel tank and 20 extra gallons of fuel, so we feel that we are in good shape for future motoring. We want to be able to motor at least 48 hours when we enter the English Channel (or "la Manche" as the French call it). The forecast remains for building SW winds for three days then a front will pass and the wind will switch to easterly. When the winds go easterly, then we'll need to tack our way into the Channel.

Well, by the time I finished this entry the wind died again and we are motoring again.

Thanks, Jennifer, for the French lesson. John and Cheryl on Kloosh also emailed us with the answer.

On a historical note, 39 years ago Shirlee first crossed the Atlantic. It only took a week on the Holland America Line. It's easy to remember because the moon landing happened during the passage.

All is well aboard Solstice.

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