Tuesday, 1 May 2018 – day 38

It’s blowing a gale out there.

A mildly delayed update. Things were getting a bit too lively with double reefed main and half furled genoa.

It’s been raining on and off for much of the day, and the sea state has stayed the same. 4 metre swell with 20 knot winds from the north east.

This evening gave me 30 knot gusts, so I completely furled the genoa and set my storm jib on the inner forstay.

It’s a little bit of work to go out to the foredeck in these seas, but all done with no drama and she’s now running beautifully. Mum will be pleased to know that I had a safety line set at all times.

I’m feeling a little smug because it was quite wet out there, but I had full wet weather gear on. I’m now sitting in the cabin as dry as the Strezlecki and as warm as a billy.

It seems to be traditional to complain about the roaring forties, so here’s my two cents worth:

I’m in the middle of the roaring forties, and I’ve had nothing but headwinds for 4 days. These mythical tales of westerlies are damned lies!

Latitude: -44.94, Longitude: -167.35, Time: 07:32:12 01-05-2018 UTC