We're trying to head due N but have had to be very close-hauled to make our course in E-ENE winds. Early this morning, I was delighted to find the winds had veered to just S of E, meaning I could sail more off the wind, which immediately increased our speed from 4.5kt to 6 kt - far better! That lasted until mid-afternoon when I suddenly found us heading NW - winds had dropped and backed - time to sail closer to the wind again - which promptly reduced our speed down to 4-4.5 kt again - pity! So it's slow-going tonight.
Big problem of the day was finding galley stove had come off its gimbal on one side - support is broken. Worry is that is on port tack (we're on starboard tack now), the heavy stove will tend to move inboard, so I've spent most of the day trying to fix it. Presently, it's wedged in place and part-lashed, hoping to prevent any movement.
From: KC2IOV/MM by HF radio. Copied by Jim, WB2REM, Port St. Lucie, FL