Wind Please

Paris is forced to concerve power as the wind dies down.

All I need is more wind. Yes, not something I would say in polite circles, but none the less wind is what I need to get this vessel moving. At two days into the event and doing about 144 miles a day, the ghost of Dodge Morgan is almost a full day ahead of me, as he was averaging 171 miles a day! I am not on the beach reading a newspaper, I am sea and need wind to fill those sails. The forecast is looking only a little better, but you can help. If you take in a deep breath, turn to the east, or even south east, and breath out forcibly then the collective sum of your efforts will eventually arrive here and propel me forward!! Thank you.

The lack of wind also means that I am getting very little power into the boat. Nothing from the wind generators, as they don’t kick in till I have at least 10 knots (11 mph) of wind. The hydros are not doing much either since I am going too slow to make water power. And now, once again, its overcast weather and thus the solar panels are nonoperational. So now, with the batteries at only 40% charge, I have shut down most of the power including refrigerator, which I will not even open now, electronic displays and soon the freezer. No cooking, etc. I will steer much of today, thus saving power the autopilot would be using. I knew this would not be a dream cruise but this challenge was not expected in these latitudes where the wind is usually strong and steady. --S.P.