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S/V Nereida sails around the world - Day 219: Another day of light winds with more drifting around

by Jeanne Socrates 11 May 10:22 UTC
S/V Nereida sails around the world © Jeanne Socrates

Friday 6:30am - Pre-dawn first light getting stronger. Wind from NW has eased to around 17kt. Making just under 4.5kt, on rhumb line to Stewart Island. Forecast is for wind to die slowly from now on - another day ahead of light winds and possibly more drifting around, before a strong system comes by from Sunday onward.

9:15am - Wind just backed to SW from NW as rain came through - a Cold Front passing over. Sail was backed so had to get on deck and gybe it - on to starboard tack. Was making fair speed for a time before then but wind died afterwards.

11am - Just called 'Pan Gloris' on VHF16 - 12ml to our W. They have no signal from us on radar or on AIS as yet. Asked them to let me know when they see us. Informed them wind dying, so difficult to maintain a course, under sail and no engine.

Cloud breaking up to give patches of blue sky.

Midday - 'Pan Gloris' passing by - first ship seen 'in the flesh' for many months! They radioed to say they saw us on radar 12 miles off... and then, at 4.5 miles off, they saw our AIS signal.

Have been cleaning contacts on Aurora connection, hoping to improve behaviour. Would be good to have it performing well.

1pm - Wind got up earlier to near 20kt - was about to get on with mainsail sail slides - but too windy. But meant we could make way on course.

Now wind has died back again, but only to 13-15kt - still too much for mainsail work, although can keep sailing on course, not very fast. Gusty conditions under the grey clouds around just now, although no more rain since this morning's shower.

Wind has backed further and gone more S, so fairly close-hauled at present - at least we're making way...

9pm - Wind from S died right down around sunset. We were drifting around for several hours but are now making way again at just over 2kt more or less on course, close-hauled in S-SSE wind of around 12 kt. Have spent a lot of time on Aurora/Redport problem - have been tearing my hair out so often... Frustrating! Partly seems to be connected with congestion on the Iridium Internet satellite link, but not all. Getting a lot of help from Colin, VK6CI, still - thanks again, Colin!

5am - Saturday LT (1900Z Friday) SSW-SW wind often right down around 9kt (seeing 7kt wind and SOG 1.3kt, as I write this) - barely making way, but on course to Stewart Island.... Hoping wind light enough in daylight (dark now) to get at those mainsail sail slides.

Expecting strong winds from later today, on over weekend and into next week.

While sailing around the world, I'm trying to raise funds to help support the superb life-saving work done by the RNLI (Lifeboats) in Britain each and every day of the year, regardless how bad the weather. In fact, the worse it is, the more likely they are out there, helping someone in distress - whether a swimmer, surfer, small boat or big ship, night or day, summer or winter. They are all volunteers with normal day-jobs who respond immediately to a call and it is a charity - no government funding - so they rely on our help to fund their intensive training and maintain their equipment.

It would be great if you would take a moment to click on the Lifeboats link here (, if you'd like to show your support for my efforts at sailing solo, nonstop, unassisted around the globe, trying to set a World Record as the oldest person to do so, by donating something towards the great work the RNLI do every day. If a lot of people put in even a small amount, it all adds up... Thanks a lot! If you can help, it will be very much appreciated. Let's see if we can reach my target!

1900GMT (= 5 a.m. LT) - end of Day 219. We made 57 DMG, over the 24 hr period, measured in a straight line between the two 1900 GMT positions. More drifting for several hours in almost no wind didn't help DMG again...

Total distance covered from Victoria, B.C., to end of Day 219 (by daily DMGs):18,906

Distances (at 1900GMT): SW Cape, NZ: 577 ESE; Cape Leeuwin LH (SW Australia): 1883 to NW; SE Cape,Tasmania,LH: 316 to WNW; Hobart 314 to WNW; Melbourne (Victoria, Australia): 529 NW.

Position & weather report for 1900 GMT posted to and (using my US callsign KC2IOV):

Time: 2019/05/10 19:00GMT
Latitude: 44-58.42S
Longitude: 153-58.97E
Course: 109T
Speed: 1.6kt
Wind Speed: 9kt
Wind Dir: SSW
Swell Dir: SW
Swell HT: 3.0m
Baro: 1009.6hPa
Trend: 0
Air Temp: 14.9C
Sea Temp: 15.2C
Comment: Slow progress yet again in light wind

This article has been provided by the courtesy of the S/V Nereida.

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