Sailing from Cabo Verde to Suriname – Day 9 (Sailing Heavy Weather)

(December 30, 2017) The wind has been blowing hard. We have been sailing with a double reef and a smaller size Jib sail. High waves frequently bang the side of the boat. It feels like someone hits the side of a house with a big sledge hammer. The sound also reminded me of a gun range. We haven’t had a peaceful moment to relax.

We previously met many sailors who cross this route. Everyone told us it was the easiest sailing trip. For us, it has been a very difficult trip. We are not sure why? Maybe we approached this trip with an easy mindset? Different weather different time? Or maybe we just are too stupid to sail downwind even with a jury rigged jib pole?

The sky finally cleared at night. For the first time during this trip, I watched near full moon brightening the sea. I briefly gazed at the thousands of stars but quickly came back inside of the boat because I did not want to get splashed. Sooner or later, we will be in a safe harbor. About five more days to go.

Kay Chung @0800 UTC on Sunday, December 31, 2017
GPS Position @N10.43/W45.01

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