Magazine sailing

August 22nd, 2012 Terri Berbena-U'Ren

You know the full page glossies of beautiful boats with beautiful people in beautiful tropical locations.  Everybody all smiles, even the kids.  Well, we’ve had our ‘zine moments on this trip.  We had one the other day in fact.  A decent breeze, good boat speed and a brilliant blue sky led my wife and I on deck to bask in all the goodness.  And yes, we were smiling.  A lovely interlude read here.  Then the wind promptly turned off.

Light air (part 2)

We’re seeing a nearly identical pattern over the last few days in which the wind picks up in the evening around 10 or 11 PM.  It continues throughout the night (at times freshening) then drops in the morning and completely shuts off by noon.  Daytime is marked by scattered clouds, evening by overcast mixed in with more ominous-looking but mostly impotent clouds and rain.  The wind is typically 10-12 kts, so we’re not setting the world on fire.  At this point, we’re just thankful we’re not having to motor too much.

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