Current Position: 16 04.4N 052 58.5W
24 hour progress: 140nm, 5.8kts avg SOG, 2507nm total progress, approximately 475nm to go. Finally putting up decent miles again, hoping it holds.
We are fine and trying to take our progress in stride. Everyone is ready to make landfall, and just trying to make the best of the situation we are in. We have simply been unlucky with the wind. We had to go really far south at the start to try to keep the wind, but ended up in a dead zone anyway. The forecast then looked good for the rest of the trip until slowly a big dead zone just grew and grew, and again we found ourselves in it, despite our efforts to get around it. Of course, wishing for more wind is tricky business as we don't want a storm or big seas either. We want "just right" trade winds. We'll keep looking and hoping, and deal with whatever we get dealt in the end.
We have been seeing a lot of seaweed since around the middle of the Atlantic. It is small clusters of weed and in places there is quite a bit of it on the surface of the water. It gets caught on our hydro-generator and Jon clears it multiple times a day so that we keep making power. Since we started sailing again, the other day, we had noticed that our speeds seemed to be slow for the conditions that were seeing. We had started to think that we must be collecting the weed on our centerboard, rudder and dagger boards. This morning in the squall we ended up with the boat nearly stopped in the water for a few minutes (we briefly heaved to) and now our speeds are more as expected for conditions. So perhaps we did shake loose a bunch of weed that was creating significant drag!!! With speeds back up we have a third reef in the main again and are making similar speeds to what we saw with 2 reefs in before.