Day 6 - Dec. 18, 1997
We just got caught under the only squall I can
see in a 36-mile radius and parked for 1/2 hour.
40° 13'S, 133° 47'E
Miles to Sydney: 1,017
Place: 2nd; distance behind 1st-place boat: 0.1 mile
From: Paul Cayard, skipper EF Language
We went from slatting in the black hole last night to a day of
building winds as we closed to within 0.1 mile of Toshiba on the
last sked. Now, we just got caught under the only squall I can
see in a 36-mile radius and parked for 1/2 hour. That will cost
us 5 miles on the next sked.
All in all, it is going pretty well. The wind has yet to go
around to the west and northwest, as predicted, in advance of a
small cold front. If and when it does, that will let ourselves
and Verne [Kvaerner] gybe and converge with the northerners. Providing the
wind is north of west, we will cross ahead.
Our famous grib file thinks the wind will go to 330, so that would be more than enough. But I already told you that forecasts are just forecasts and to me
this Great Australian Bight seems like a fluky place.
We had a little fun today with BrunelSunergy. They mistakenly
sent us a mail addressed to their shore manager. There were a
number of questions and issues addressed in the mail. Naturally
we took the liberty of answering those issues in a rather jaded
way. Probably not the answers they were looking for. Roy is a
good natured guy and probably got a kick out of it.
Just had a big shift go through. Got to work on the gybe.