Ryan Breymaier on Maserati: Week to the Horn

Ryan Breymaier on Maserati: Week to the Horn

Tuesday January 15 2013 Author: Ryan Breymaier Maserati Location: none selected

On Maserati we are in a strange zone with many different weather phenomenon, we went through a little front where we had our sail damage, then were in light air for a day.

Now the wind has gone easterly giving us fast reaching conditions around 120 TWA. The FRO is the high octane fuel we use in these conditions, and it is the point of sail where the boat out-does itself. We are certainly averaging 20 knots since the wind is up...

We are headed just a bit west of the rhumb line, as the wind is meant to back and lighten in about a day. We are set to run straight into the middle of a high pressure system in about 3 1/2 days, and face the difficult choice of having to sail on its eastern side upwind, or try to skirt it downwind to the west while hugging the coast, which would mean the possibility of getting caught in a bubble of no wind along with a lot of miles deviation from the rhumb Line... We are not sure how to play it for the moment, and are going to be watching carefully for the next day before we would have to commit to the westerly option. It could be good if the high is well formed and moving slightly offshore...

On board, we are down to the last few apples, and are like hawks whenever some chocolate or sausages or cheese appears. I do not envy our media guy, as he has to deal with a lot of "he ate my part of the xxxx" silliness all the time. The worst culprit seems to be the oldest and wisest!!

In any case, spirits are high whenever we can hear water rushing past the hull, and we certainly have that right now.

Cape Horn looks like 7.5 days away, with upwind conditions, as you would expect.

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