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GryphonSolo2: A bit of the 'Southern Ocean in the North Atlantic

by Joe Harris, GryphonSolo2 23 May 23:44 PDT
GryphonSolo2 current position © YB Tracker

We are coming to you live from the mid-Atlantic today on Day 7 of this epic journey as we approach the half-way point of this delivery of the boat from Portland, Maine to the start of the Globe40 RTW race in Lorient, France.

It has been a bit of the "Southern Ocean in the North Atlantic" as Ken Campbell from Commanders Weather described it, as we have been in winds from 20k to 40k right from the start. Just this morning we finally freed ourselves from low pressure weather system (storm) that we have been dealing with for das that has been pummeling us and forcing us to stay south of our Great Circle route to Lorient.

At 0500 this morning we finally tacked to the NE away from the storm center and it was a great sense of relief. However, we find ourselves hard on the wind in 20k of wind again, but this time at least we are pointed straight at Lorient and are less than 2,000 miles or approx. 10 days from our destination. So we are heeled over hard and living conditions are awkward and wet but that is par for the course so on we go. We will have many issues to address in Lorient, but we are lucky that it is perhaps the epi-center of worldwide short-handed offshore sailing and all of the professional skills and trades that we will need are there. We will be passing north of the Azores Islands in a few days and folks can track us via the YB Tracker.

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