Contrary to yesterday’s post, there was little laughing going on during our sail from Solomons Island to Deltaville, where we are at this moment. Perhaps it had to do with the weather forecast being off a “tad.”
-> Forecast: NW 15-20 gusting to 30
-> Reality: Sustained winds of 30 gusting closer to 40!
The highest gust we recorded was 37.4 although Rebecca says that she saw 38.xx on our wind meter but it didn’t record it (that happens occasionally). I’m not all that good at measuring wave height but at one point I’m sure we were looking down about 12 feet or so from the tops of some of those waves. The winds weren’t so scary… the waves were scary!
Oh, and if all that wasn’t enough, we went aground too, trying to get into our selected anchorage. 🙁
On the bright side, we did brake our speed record. Our previous record, set with full main and 150 Genoa was 13.3. Yesterday we recorded 14.1, set with double-reefed main and partly furled jib. And we made some new friends who are sailing a beautiful Admiral catamaran.
We’re just packing up to head out again, heading towards Norfolk, Virginia. More to come…