A hard day today as Saveol and I have been crossing the cold front and its thundery low pressure system. As I am a bit behind the others I am nearer the centre of the low pressure which means both more wind and also bigger calm patches.
It has been a tough day trying to get the sail combination right, as the wind changes quicker than I can change the sails. SO, it is all about compromises and I am a bit frustrated not to be able to do better. I have had up to 35 knots of wind and also as little as just 5 knots of wind.
Some of the big squalls have been kind enough to give me a bit of warning with the huge black lines across the sky (see photo) but I'm a bit worried that tonight is going to be a lot harder as the nights are really really black (no moon) – as my Australian friend would say « as black as the inside of a cow ».
By tomorrow morning when you read this I should have got through the trickiest bit, but the exit is not going to be easy and Saveol and I will get a little « pasting » tomorrow during the day with more than 30 knots of wind forecast !