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Last night, we passed the longitude that marked the halfway point of our crossing. It was a strong symbolic moment, and good for morale. From here on out, we will count how many miles remain instead of how many we have already traveled. It is also a moment to take stock.
Our journey from Newfoundland has been filled with depressions that brought on unstable weather, and occasion strong winds with vast cloudy areas. During this time, it was beautiful in Western Europe—protected by the Azores High that pushed these depressions north.
These depressions required us to take a windy path, sometimes to avoid strong winds and choppy seas, and sometimes to situate ourselves in the best place to take advantage of rare sunny areas. A delicate exercise.
So now we are currently heading back down towards the southeast to avoid the effects of the next depression, strong enough and low enough to reach our longitude in three days. We will then take advantage of more manageable winds while heading back up to the entrance of the Channel.
But this later part of the crossing might not be so easy to manage either, because a high pressure zone could settle on the British Isles around the 22nd and bring on contrary easterly winds!