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    Question - "What does having a dream mean to you?"
    Answer - "A dream is a goal glimmering in the distance; it is an inner calling which, when accomplished,
    serves as the rite of passage into wisdom." Erden Eruç - Sep 17, 2004

    Climate change...
    May 15, 2012 - Day 55    27.0483N,89.4876W
    I was receiving nice SE winds until Saturday afternoon which piled moisture to my NW, building dark menacing rain formations downwind. Then that evening soon after sunset, a nasty squall developed from my northwest, bringing heavy rain accompanied by lightning and thunder often right overhead. Wind had to be blowing at a steady 30-35 knots and gusting as the boat bobbed between waves. In 90 minutes of mayhem, the boat slid 7 nm south!

    Since then including today, north and northwest breeze has shut me down, hindering any progress north or west. I have to wait for whatever the hell is causing this altered wind pattern to blow away, so that I can carry on toward wherever the hell I am supposed to reach!!! Unfortunately another tropical low is forecast to move over Cuba then to advance NNE over Florida after this weekend, meaning more N or NE winds for me.

    Of course the pilot chart for May says I am supposed to have a WNW current and Force 4 (11-16 knot) ESE trade winds at this location. What I get instead is a repeated circulation of winds with sustained contrary winds.

    Now, if everyone turned off their air conditioners and carpooled instead of commuting alone, basically stopped putting excessive amounts of green house gases in the air, I wouldn't get "unseasonable winds" due to climate change. That said tongue in cheek, I am glad that no environmental organization responded to my earlier inquiries to collaborate, and now I don't feel obligated to color my limited observations through lenses that such relations would have dictated. So you are spared bundles of false naïve reasoning to preach a certain agenda...

    I remember a scene from the hilltop in "The Last Samurai" where Tom Cruise and the samurai chief are observing the approaching enemy, then one says to the other: "a man does what he can and destiny reveals itself..." -- in time I will certainly get my break, yet more time spent out here also increases my hurricane risk as the days advance.


    Previous Dispatches

    Hoping for Grand Isle...    May 13, 2012 - Day 53
    OK; somehow I got through to post a short text dispatch. I may be able to continue this; we shall see. Technical problems had prevented this until now and voice dispatches were the only way.


    Audio Dispatch - negotiating currents    11 May, 12 - 09:54
    Likely landfall near New Orleans DATE: 11 May 2012 - Day 51


    Left Caribbean with fireworks    5 May, 12 - 05:00
    Audio dispatch has been posted

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