Saturday, April 17, 2010

Spoke too soon.

A tropical depression has developed directly north of us in an area we thankfully passed 2 days ago but it has caused havoc with the winds in our area. The wind has veered to the Soutwest and increased which is exactly in the direction we need to go. The resulting change in wind has kicked up a very confused sea creating waves that seem to come from every direction with no rhythm making the sailing very frustrating. Currently we can only sail in either a Northwest or Southeast direction, both of which we lose ground. Brutal. We are both very tired.
The wind has calmed down and steadied although it is still from the South-Southwest and is not very favorable. At least we can sail in calmer seas and are not losing ground. We also both had a good night sleep. We are working so hard to get to the equator. It seems that once we get there we will be in the clear.


  1. Vicki AnslingerApril 18, 2010

    HI! I hope that your winds have settled down and you are able to continue on your southwest trek. I'm Karen's mom (from Syzygy). I will be reading your blog since I don't have any way of communicating with Karen & Matt or know how they might be doing. Happy Sailing!! Vicki Anslinger

  2. Hi Vicki,
    We heard Matt on the Southbound net last night. They were in very calm conditions--still waiting for the trades to fill in but were doing well.
    Diane & Evan on Ceilydh

  3. Vicki AnslingerApril 19, 2010

    Diane & Evan, THANK YOU SO MUCH for the update on Matt & Karen. According to the SPOT update, it doesn't look like they are making very much headway westward, but still plugging along. I will pass the info along to Matt's folks. God bless you & keep you safe! Thanks again! Vicki

  4. Hi Vicki, We heard Matt on the radio again the night before last (last night we didn't tune in). Their position was 14.34 N and 114.10 W. And they had wind:), a lovely 12 knots.
    We'll try to tune in again soon, but will be in La Paz harbour, so it's more difficult to hear.
    I do know they are in a group of 4-5 boats who all left around the same time and are making a similar speed. They are checking in by radio between 2-3 times a day.
    Diane & Evan