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Frustrations A Plenty

Sunday 25th October 12:30 GMT – Forecast SE 15/18 all day, hope it’s 15 and high. Need some luck today as I drifted north on para anchor last night which means NW current, not good really. Things less feisty this...

Keep On Running

Saturday 24th October 12:30 GMT – Forecast, SE 15/18/21. That’s a strong wind at 21. As I said last night the calm wouldn’t last and it didn’t. The wind picked up quick, I managed to drift a bit more without...

Finally Some Good News!

Friday 23rd October 12:30 GMT – Forecast ESE/SE 18/15 – much calmer overnight, still bumpy but better. Pulled the para anchor in last night, lost a tiny bit of south, not drifted far but basically due west. Need to get...

Grind On

Thursday 22nd October 14:00 GMT – Forecast is SE- SSE 15/18 then just SE 15/18. Just back in from the deck, not sure it’s safe to row. The SSE came as promised. It was strong and came with some squall...

Good SE, Bad SE

Wednesday 21st October 12:30 GMT – Forecast all SE 15/18, so good strength just depends on angle if good or bad. Got a small drift, difficult drifting across the weather as it takes a big chunk of rudder which slows...

Boom Boom Boom Boom

Tuesday 20th October Still Monday, just a quick catch up. I did get rowing again, just for an hour, the wind moved a bit more SE so it let me row a bit SW. I’m now drifting but stuck again...

Tell Me Why I Don’t Like Mondays

Monday 19th October. 1300 GMT – Wind from SW still 6 to 10 knots but easing, need to wait. 1400 GMT – Wind very light now, breakfast and out, current SE so might be just a south day today, strong...

Oct 15: Under A Cloud All Day

Thursday 15th October 05:00 Wednesday – Round up – well I eventually made 10.5nm today, against a NE swell, SW wind and NW current (put the para anchor in at lunch and shot NW). It was tough going, I wasn’t...

Stuck In The Middle

Saturday 17th October 12:30 GMT – Forecast east all day 6/9 knots. However we had a big squall pass through in the night which has left things very calm and the wind is from the east but very light. Forecast...

More And More Challenging Every Day

Sunday 17th October So yesterday was a tough day as I turned myself inside out to get to 40 nm. I got a bit of luck in the morning from a big squall from the north then it got slower...

Technical Issues

John is having technical issues and has not been able to send his blog. We will post as soon as we receive it. Text message from John: Having issues with email here is brief summary: Stuck in the middle, forecast...

No Room For Error

Friday 16th October 12:30 GMT – Forecast ESE, E all day 12/15 mostly a little 9/12. Hope it stays closer to 12 so I’m not fighting XTE (cross track error, amount off chosen course) all day. Modest drift but on...

No Idea What’s Going To Happen

Wednesday 14th October 03:45 Tuesday – Sat here writing this while I’m being thrown around like a rag doll. The wind has blown hard from the SSW/SW all day and the swell it created is big and powerful, possibly the...

No Not The Para Anchor

Tuesday 13th October 06:00 GMT – Monday evening, had to put the para anchor out in the end. Went from drifting SE which I could handle, loosing one nm west to gain one nm south, to due east and then...

SW Wind Terrors

Monday 12th October 12:30 GMT – Forecast: N, NNE 6/9. Good forecast however the wind is light and still from NW, not great as it won’t reverse the swell. The swell however is light as well. Low drift, everything calm...