Ryan Breymaier on Maserati: Closing on the Falklands

Ryan Breymaier on Maserati: Closing on the Falklands

Sunday January 20 2013 Author: Ryan Breymaier Maserati Location: none selected

The dawn has come cold and clear on Maserati; it is amazing, but as soon as you see the sun starting to peer over the horizon, it is already warmer. The five hours of darkness are bone chillingly cold, and we are wearing everything we own. Personally I cannot get my feet to warm up. After my hour at the helm, I had trouble walking to the main hatch they were so numb.

The light brings an increase in the wind as well, mercifully we have a little bit of a lull in the darkness, or else it would be even colder.

As we speak, we are making 16 knots down the track in as much breeze under J3, genoa staysail and full main. We are 2.5 hours from the NW extremity of the Falklands. After a bit of rockhopping there, and a turn further south, we will change to the FRO and begin our reach towards the Horn. ETA there is now 5am UTC on the 22nd. These rocks outlying the Falklands will be the first land we have seen since leaving NYC 21 days ago. I have a feeling it will be a slightly different landscape.

I hesitate to say it, but for the moment we are very fortunate with the weather; other than the cold it is perfect, not too much breeze and from a good angle.

As we round, for sure we will be upwind, but it looks to be reasonable.

Then for the great escape up the Chilean coast, where we are hoping to get very quickly into warmer conditions.

The latest routing has us 400 miles west of the Galapagos on the 5th of February!!!"

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