I did indeed make as much south as early as possible so as to avoid the heavy weather associated with those fast-moving fronts. I only had two extended periods of more than 30 knots sustained winds, and those were both less than 12 hours.
4 days out I managed to fall on my back and hurt myself seriously; the first day I could only crawl. So I opted to shorten the trip and go to the BVI
. Luckily with the SSB
and Pactor modem
I could e-mail friends on the island who arranged for permission to dock
and go to the clinic before clearing in. I am now safely ashore and on pain medication, I' not allowed to move around and there ware worse places to do so than the BVI
The weather routing was done by Chris Parker. He kept on resisting my requests to make easting - he said the last 2 days the systems would suppress the usual trades and I'd motorsail eastwards in 5 knots or less of wind and no waves. And that is exactly what happened, had I not had the accident
the trip would have been perfect. I had those two storms but also had two days of perfect sailing in calm seas close hauled with 15 knots apparent and close hauled.