Bouncing off ice...Mark Rudiger, Assa Abloy, analyses the approaching low while spending quality time with the Radar...
If it wasn't bad enough already, now we're blasting along in thick fog! The wind ahead of a moderate front has brought the winds more to the west almost west northwest, bringing warmer wind over cold water, which equals fog. I say warmer wind in that it's just above freezing now and stopped snowing.
I don't think you could put a price on a good radar now, and our Raytheon Pathfinder is one of our best friends lately. The barometer is falling so fast now my ears are popping. We're down to 984 MB, as a deep 967 MB low approaches from the southwest. If it doesn't taper off by 980 MB, we may have to adjust our altitude a little [to the] north. Behind this the winds will go back left getting up to gale force. Somewhere in there we're going to have to gybe, and that is always risky, but necessary.
Everything now is wet and cold. Our sleeping bag is soaked from small leaks here and there and a lot of condensation. The nav station is a rain forest from condensation and steamy from my breath. I remember now why I had a track ball on the computer last time. The touch pad doesn't work with gloves on.
In the fleet, the rich are still getting richer, but this next system coming today should give us some miles back on the leaders. There aren't any big wind shifts for a while to make the big gains. That will probably have to wait until after the [Cape] Horn. What we need to do is minimize any further losses, and get around [Cape Horn] with the boat fully intact to be able to attack [the fleet] up the coast to Brazil.
Minimizing losses is a fine line out here between pushing hard, but not stepping over the line.
Back to radar watch and trying to get some feeling back in my feet.