With my departure date being the only date we can choose, it pays to make the right choice. As such, for now Happy Socks and I are going nowhere.
I woke this morning to an email from my weather router Lee, saying that Friday`s window no longer looked like a goer.
Here it is:
`I can’t find more than an 18-24hr period without shifting winds of 20 knots or more—with very little west-to-east component in any of the winds.
Add mixed swells that are often counter to the wind.
Also, there are two period of gale showing within 50nm of shore and out for 150nm (the 14th and the 16th/17th; the second gale has 35+kt with gusts to 45kt).
It hardly seems worthwhile to head out, knowing that eastward progress likely would be pitiful. Not to mention it’s not safe!`
I have battened down Happy Socks` hatches and checked all the lashings and come away to friends near Tokyo. It`s all about changing the focus slightly, not losing it. The buildup of adrenaline and then standing down ~ often multiple times before the right window comes along, can be a bit draining and testing, but ultimately will be worth it.
Thanks for all the messages of support. Keep them coming – they make a big difference to morale and out on the ocean are one of the highlights of my day.
All salty (and windy) best,