Lat: 12 28.64′ S
Long: 74 07.40′ E
Inst Speed: 15.7
Wind Dir: 116
Wind Speed: 18.5
Distance last 24hr: 191.46
Distance to finish: 19314.08
The windward hull jumping over the waves…
… and through the waves
the motion is incredible

Email from the boat to shore: 

From: OmanTri <omantri@
To: update <updateoman@
Subject: good morning folks
Date: 17/01/2009 02:25:47

what a difference a day makes – the wind built through out yesterday until
we were able to be confident that we were east enough to tack south, this
was our escape route through the doldrums – not a classic N – S crossing
but we hoep it’s set us up well for the next few days in good E winds,
allowing us to make good progress south. We are now fetching across the
waves in 16-20 kts of wind, and the boat is banging and shuddering, and makes
it tough to stay in bed. the flip side of this is that the wind generator is
doing a great job – almost keeping up with our electrical needs – and
delaying our having to use George – which whilst it’s still 30 degrees down
below is a welcome relief.

it’s pretty wet on deck with every 3rd or 4th wave coming into the
ockpit – making forwad vision painful on the eyes, and running for a pee
without wet weather gear a challenge. we have yet to cook too…which will
be a job for an hour or twos time – cooking is a relative term of course – i
mean pouring water from kettle into a foil bag, and leaving it for 15 mins.
but with the boat jumping around getting the right amount of water into the
foil bag is a bit of a challenge

Weather Router’s advice: 

From: Commanders’ Weather <info@
To:Musandam <omantri@
Subject: weather Sat 1430 utc 1-17
Date: 17/01/2009 14:42:10

To: Charles Darbyshire and crew of “Musandam”

From: Commanders Weather Corp

Event: sail around the world

Last Position: 14 56s/ 74 21e at 1330utc Sat, Jan 17, 2009

Prepared: 1430utc Sat, Jan 17, 2009

SummaryÖ Should have moderate trade winds next few days trending more into
the E

1) You should be into more consistent trade winds now but will continue ESE
thru 12 utc Sun.

2) There is an area of disturbed weather to your south(between 18-27s) with
a lot of cloudiness and a

few scattered squally showers.

3) You will run into this area as you approach 18s so conditions may become
a little more shifty

with wind direction and wind speed as you get further S.

4) Overall wind speeds should be into the 15-20 kt range but there may be
higher gusts near any

squalls and lulls < 15 kts following any showers.

5) Once south of 30 winds will lighten a little in general but still in the
15 kt range.

6) High pressure centered near 35s/82e today will shift E to 35s/88e by 12
utc Mon then may relocate

further W near 33s/ 82e by 12 utc Wed

7) Your winds will lighten and back into the NE-N after 00 utc Tue as you
approach the latitude of the


7) Meanwhile there will be an approaching frontal boundary on Tue/Tue night
coming from the W.

8) You may be able to get into some wind ahead of this front midweek
possibly in the 15 kt range.

a) Direction ahead of the front will be NW.

9) But just how this front affects you is not definite as the band of wind
will be shrinking ahead of it.

a) You will also be closer to the high and much
lighter winds mid week as well.

10) In the mean time enjoy the stronger trades coming up.

RoutingÖ Head mostly S with the ESE-E-ENE trade wind regime coming up.
Avoid getting too much

further E so we do not get sucked into the high later next week.

Estimated positions below.

Wind directions are TRUE, wind speed in kts, and time is UTC

Sat, Jan 17

18: 110-130/15-20

WeatherÖPartly cloudy

Seas build to 4-7 ft

Sun, Jan 18

00: 100-120/15-20

06: 100-120/15-20

12: 100-120/17-22 nr 21s/74e

18: 090-120/15-20

WeatherÖConsiderable cloudiness with scattered squally shower or 2

Seas build to 6-9 ft E swell

Mon, Jan 19

00: 090-110/15-20

06: 080-100/15-20

12: 080-100/14-18 nr 27s/74e

18: 070-090/13-17

WeatherÖCloudy to partly cloudy ñ sct shower threat diminishing

Seas 5-8 ft S swell

Tue, Jan 20 ñneed to be careful about getting sucked E into high

Winds stronger W and lighter E

00: 060-080/12-16

06: 020-040/13-17

12: 010-020/13-17 nr 33s/ 75e

18: 350-010/ 12-16

WeatherÖPartly cloudy

SeaÖ 5-8 ft developing SW swell

Wed, Jan 21

00: 330-350/12-16

06: 320-340/13-17

12: 300-320/13-17 nr 37s/79 30e

18: 300-320/15-20

WeatherÖPartly cloudy

Seas 6-10 ft SW swell

Thu, Jan 22

00: 290-310/ 15-20

12: 280-300/ 12-17 nr 39n/ 86w

WeatherÖVariable cloudiness

Best regards,

Tom Mattus

A selection of pictures from today: