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Jason Bolt on board Sorlandet

Hey Guys,

Well, I have been at sea for about a week now, and so far the main factor has been weather. On the first day, we had several squalls come through that kept me on my toes.

A few days after that the wind and seas started to build caused by a very large low pressure system moving up the coast of the U.S. At it's peak we saw almost 70 knots of wind (hurricane force). We basically locked the students down below while the professional crew, who are all very good I must say, managed the ship. We blew out 3 sails, and had new ones sent within 24 hours, after the winds had come down to around 35 knots. The seas remained quite high. At the peak of it some were as high as 10 metres.

Once the seas flattened, we were caught in a system of high pressure, which became flat calm with light and variable winds for a day and a half. This at least made time to clean up the mess that was made during the storm, and eat hot food again, as well as catch up on some much needed rest.

Today we made some headway again; however, it is currently dying out and should stay that way for the next 24 hours. My latest forecast is saying that it should peak early in the morning of the 1st and we should have fair winds for at least a few days and can hopefully make up for some lost time.

This is my 5th crossing of the Atlantic in the last 14 months, and it has definitely been the most dramatic. With any luck I should be in France in another 2 and a half weeks.

That's all from this end. I hope that everyone is doing well.


Jason Bolt

Editor's Note: Jason is one of Jenifer Bolt's (nee Prothero) twin sons. Born and raised in Port Stanley, Jason's travels can be followed on the Class Afloat web site.

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