Nicholas With Red Sunsets

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Nicholas With Red Sunsets
Nicholas With Red Sunsets
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Henrik Masekowitz:

Henrik Masekowitz
Henrik Masekowitz

Henrik Masekowitz with his Santa Claus boot

Nikolaus was funny, I actually found something in my chic zhink boots, which of course I had posted the day before my demise. I immediately told my son Paul in a phone call to my family. Paul is seven, is in 2nd grade and answered with a slightly irritated "Huh?" After a medium pause in thought came a "How does that work?". I had a funny picture in mind of him scratching his head and thinking about what Papdnun was saying again. In any case, I was happy to be able to enrich this day with dominoes and cinnamon stars.

A little encouragement is always good anyway, especially when I'm really angry about my strategy for the passage at St. Helena-Hoch. The days after Nicholas the wind is very weak or even negligible. A Class 40 needs at least eight, if possible ten knots to move forward, otherwise you get stuck in the wave and are very limited in your choice of course with regard to the True Wind Angle TW. Always trimmed south, I had come way too far to the east. Or to put it the other way round: There was probably a lot more wind in the west. It should be a lesson to me.

The goal is in the east, so it is easy to be tempted to judge things too optimistically. Anyway, I was pretty mad at myself.

Henrik Masekowitz
Henrik Masekowitz

A picturesque sunset on board the "Croix du Sud"

The time has rarely become long for me. When there is little wind, I find sailing very exhausting. Always and constantly trimming, sailing out of the wind, tacking, jibing, changing sails, all around the clock without really restful sleep. To this day I feel totally exhausted and even a bit burned out. Although I try to eat and drink regularly, I am limp and unmotivated.

That has to change now because I still have a lot on my list before the long journey through the storms. You can tell from my "Croix du Sud" that it is a boat that has quite a few miles under its belt. One or the other clamp fails its holding force, or a mechanism for folding the hydrogen generator breaks apart. All in all, rather uncomplicated things, but necessary repairs.

Meanwhile, the weather is back, that's what I call it. In contrast to the last few weeks, there are again cloud images in the sky and fewer squalls, but real front systems, as we know them in our latitudes. The temperatures are also much more pleasant, and the days are getting longer with a sun that no longer plops behind the horizon, but rather sets properly. With a red sky and such.

Now it's about a strong high, which will block my direct way to the southeast, bypassing a certain distance to the west, and then jumping on the ICE.

Although the thought of it doesn't generate any feelings of happiness for me at the moment. So I see low pressure systems with well over 30 knots of wind in the near future. Dist he then, the Southern Ocean with its legends and myths. Well, we'll see.

In any case, tomorrow will be another day with hopefully nice, reasonably calm weather to finish my upcoming repairs.

greetings Henrik

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