It’s been a tough 72 hours

“Higher and higher every day ’till over the mast at noon”

At least it would have been if I was able to see it. There was no sun, so the mast didn’t cast a shadow, but if there was, it still wouldn’t have!

The nautical almanac tells me that the sun’s declination today was 23°26 north, which was quite similar to my latitude at noon.

Declination is simply the angle of the sun’s position in relation to the earth. As it is summer in the northern hemisphere summer, the angle is to the north of the equator.

Coincidently, the sun reached its highest declination yesterday and is now headed back south. It would’ve been quite something to have been under it then, but no such luck.

So, I’m the closest I’ve ever been to the sun and I haven’t seen it for 3 days. It’s also bloody freezing!

The weather has been quite unique over the last 72 hours. The sky is dominated by extremely low lying dark clouds which lighten and extend to each other, almost like mildly skewed chess board.

Each cloud seems to have its own weather system and thus the weather changes every couple of miles. The clouds don’t seem to bring much rain. However, the wind and waves tend to increase quite significantly at each cloud, although this change is quite varied. On the whole, the wind tends to be comparatively frigid.

All this means that the last 72 hours has been rather mentally and physically challenging. I’m forever reefing and unreefing sails, I’ve not managed more than an hour of unbroken sleep over this time. A week of a close hauled upwind course doesn’t help one relax either!

Nonetheless, I’ve managed to maintain reasonable boat speed over this time, averaging about 110 miles a day.

It’s very nearly time to tack towards the east and Los Angeles. It might even be tonight if the overnight forecast is promising, although I suspect tomorrow is more likely!

Latitude: 24.409, Longitude: -128.515, Time: 05:24:26 23-06-2018 UTC