Solo sailing blog: Strong winds and rough seas

Alex Thomson

sailing rough 300x225 Solo sailing blog: Strong winds and rough seasLast night was quite a rough and eventful one on board HUGO BOSS, the wind direction indicator on the anemometer at the top of the mast broke, and the boat Chinese gybed. Fortunately I was not in a 30 knot gust and I was awake so I was able to sort the situation quickly and without breaking anything, which is very lucky! You can see from the photo here what conditions are like in the cockpit whilst ploughing through a wave at 30 knots, it would have been very difficult to sort anything out at that point.

I was surrounded by black clouds for much of the night with wind from 10 to 30 knots, and varying in direction by up to 50 degrees. I thought I would have lost some miles, but it seems that I had better wind still than those to the north and those to the east of me. Wind is back up to 25-30 knots and the boat is moving around violently in big uneven waves.

I would like to start working again on the hydro generator but with the strong waves rocking the boat it is impossible to stand up at present let alone wield a screw driver, so that will have to wait until things have calmed down a bit.

It is a very stressful environment onboard and although I am happy the speed is up, I will be even happier when things will calm down a little.

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