Ryan Breymaier on Maserati: Into the Trades

Ryan Breymaier on Maserati: Into the Trades

Sunday January 6 2013 Author: Ryan Breymaier Maserati Location: none selected

At the time of this writing, Sunday morning EST on Maserati we are approximately 1200 miles east of Antigua, heading 155. The trades have built overnight, and are about 18 knots from a bearing of 65. Our plan was just to get SE through the ridge of high pressure yesterday, which we did under a sunny hot sky and at times as little as 2 knots of breeze. Each time that it died completely we headed directly south as best we could to break through. Our average was not great, at one stage the routing showed us covering the next 21 miles in 10 hours!

Fortunately we have gotten our teeth into the new breeze, and the reaching conditions are where this boat excels. With the J1 or J3, GS and 1 reef in the main, we are averaging right around 20 knots in 16-18 true.

Fortunately for our sun fried brains, the next three days do not present anything in the way of tactics, just straight line sailing, allowing us time to look carefully at our Doldrums crossing point and how we tackle that hurdle. On deck we are experimenting with stacking, ballast and daggerboard combinations to get the best balance we can. With these complex boats, you can never stop learning.

Everyone is good onboard, we have settled into a reasonable rhythm given the changeable conditions, and we are happily dry in our new Cotton foulies.

Our ETA to the Equator is the 10th at 3am UTC. Ten and a half days to cover 3300 miles is not bad going!

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