Miles Traveled: 2,283
Miles To Go (to Antigua): 400
Current Speed: 9.6 knots
Fastest Ride so Far [SPECIAL NOTE: Due to conditions
and new watch configurations we have segmented this competition
into two categories] –
- OTTO CHEERLEADER AWARD: Jim was on watch when Otto hit an 18.0 Knot mark early on 12/03
- HUMANS DON’T NEED NO STINKING AUTOMATION AWARD: Kim hit 17.8 driving the boat while Otto was in a timeout for bad behavior later on 12/03
Thought of the Day:
“What we have here is a failure to communicate.” – Captain Cool Hand Jim
It had to end sooner or later. During our miraculous extended run with a harmonic convergence of wind, waves and course, everyone was feeling a bit nervous as it seemed too good to be true. There was so much knocking on wood It sounded like a flock of woodpeckers had taken over the Morpheus. My first indication that conditions changed was a deck sweeper wave that washed over the starboard bow, into the cockpit and splashed through the aft hatch and onto my sleeping face. Nothing like a salt shower alarm clock to get your day going.
Earlier this morning the winds and waves came up and we double reefed in the dark before dawn. Otto was not dealing with things as well as Captain Jim would like and by mid-morning the humans had taken over the helm.
Problem being, there are only three humans on board who can safely sail in these conditions, and your loyal blogger is not one of them. So, until conditions return to some semblance of normalcy, Jim, Kim and Doug are taking one hour watches at the helm while Deb and I alternate two hour watches accompanying them on deck, looking for ships, and making sure everything else is cool while they focus on driving the boat. Safety first. I love it when a plan comes together.
Although we’re sailing through big swells, and occasionally a big one rearranges seating arrangements, everyone is fine.
|Not a drone shot of Morpheus with big wave|