19 NOVEMBER 2011
LAT 45 18.7s
LONG 172 51.6e
ETA 0600 24 NOV 11
WEATHER: wind 150/10 sea 3 swell 180/1 cloud 3/8 st, baro 1010.1
Goldo Ccast has seen every type of wind today from 45kts from the south west
to 5kts from the north east. Current weather patterns are slightly
unpredictable and not as forecasted on the GRIB files received, and the
weather in the coming days is equally as diverse resulting in some very
challenging tactical situations.
As Gold coast Australia is in stealth mode I can not give too much away
with our position, course, or speed over ground however we are making good
progress towards Taraunga and placing ourselves in a promising position
for the new wind that is expected to arrive tomorrow.
Whilst conditions are very pleasant at the moment, allowing crew some much
earned and needed respite and drying time, the forecasted conditions
tomorrow evening are not so pleasant and we will be gearing up for 40kt
headwinds as we make our way north.
Our northerly course has already resulted in some increase in temperature
which is thoroughly enjoyed by the crew as they bathe in the first
sunlight that we have seen in weeks.BT