Ryan Breymaier Maserati: Lucky break

Ryan Breymaier Maserati: Lucky break

Tuesday January 29 2013 Author: Ryan Breymaier Maserati Location: none selected

On Maserati we have caught a lucky break with the weather in the last 18 hours. The forecast was to be gybing downwind following the periphery of the high pressure to our west in 10-13 knots of breeze, while not getting trapped in the center of a small low pressure which formed east of the high directly to our north.

In fact, we found a narrow corridor of wind at about 25 knots just between the two; the low is more powerful than the models predict. After a hasty sail change to the fractional spinnaker when the breeze suddenly picked up, we have made a lot more miles down the track than originally anticipated.

We are now back to the masthead kite as the breeze has died off a bit, but we still have a good 16-18, which is above the predictions, and we have made a lot of miles in exactly the right direction as we escape the system dominated latitudes and head north into the steady conditions of the SE Trades.

Life looks to continue to be easy (touch wood) with downwind conditions till north of the equator 2800 miles distant. Dawn has broken nice and sunny, and the water is up to 20 degrees, making for pleasant conditions on deck. We are also beginning to find fish in the sails in the morning again!

Off to move the stack forward as the breeze came. Down.

ETA still 15th February...

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