Two days ago, we thought we were going to have landfall today but instead we have probably set a new slow record with just not manage to sail 100 nm in 24 hours (direct line). We have had very nice, light spinnaker-sailing all the time. The wind direction has been from 270 (west) and our heading has been ideally 90 (east). The strength of the wind has been 5-9 kts giving us gybing angles here on the swelly ocean around 100 degrees. We have managed to keep the boat going all the time and this is good exercise!
The swell here is amazing now. It is at least 250 m between the tops and the height is impossible to say accurate but a guess on 4 m would not be way off. We don’t really notice it on board but it is fascinating to see. Tomorrow the wind from NW along the coast is going to be back and we guess the big swell is pushed in front of the wind.
We have seen whales today – big ones, but they have been busy with their own so we were not closer than 150 m. It was another sound on the blowout than from the dolphins. The dolphins are by the way around us all the time.
The breeze should begin to pick up now and we are expecting nice speed on the last stretch in towards Golden gate. We should pass under the bridge in the morning (15 hours from now). Still weekend in San Francisco though!
Good luck to our sailing league team – Åsgårdstrand in this season`s last match against the other 14 best clubs in Norway. Goal number one is to keep the second place in the total, but wouldn`t it be nice to win this weekend’s match?