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@ 10:52 GMT
Position: 37º 16.973′ N x  67º 10.679′ W
Course: 143° true
Speed: 7.1 kts

Today I have found my rhythm but most importantly – I keep taking every chance to sleep. Last night had few opportunities for naps. Dense fog kept me awake looking for ships. Crazy really, by the time I saw them it would have been too late.

After being off the continental shelf there was much less boat traffic and I have slept. I was doing a sail change and realized I was exhausted, a cue from my body that I needed to take care of myself. This morning I managed to use the A0 kite. This gives the boat real power under certain wind conditions and today was ideal. But after I used it and had done a lot of hand steering, I probably slept for 3 hours, in naps.

At about midnight I should enter the Gulf Stream. So much of this race is about navigating through the currents of the Gulf Stream and the currents of the eddies that form. There are some vicious ones this year. I have managed to use the first one to my benefit. I am now trying to thread my course through the eye of a needle to avoid lots of adverse current between here and Bermuda. Where is here? 38° 37’N x 67° 58’W at 1900h Saturday.

Entering the Gulf Stream is always interesting as it has its own weather system associated with it due to the heat of the water. My hull temperature sensor is reading about 80°F, a big change from the 50°F water temperature leaving Rhode Island. All of the racers are, I am sure, preparing for changing winds, squalls and thunderstorms tonight as they cross the Gulf Stream. It’s time for another nap so that I can be well rested for what could be a stormy night.

The Gulf Stream is a strong ocean current that brings warm water from the Gulf of Mexico into the Atlantic Ocean. It extends all the way up the eastern coast of the United States and Canada. The Gulf Stream is caused by a large system of circular currents and powerful winds, called an oceanic gyre. There are five oceanic gyres on Earth. The Gulf Stream is part of the North Atlantic Subtropical Gyre.

Update on Sunday, June 6th:
It’s now 7am. Successfully navigated the stream. No storms just stars. Very damp with spray and waves breaking over the boat. It’s time for me to eat, drink and sleep!

4 thoughts on “Navigating the Gulf Stream

    1. We’re looking forward to having Joe Cooper aboard for the double-handed return to Newport, starting June 17th.

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