Sans Souci Departs Hualtulco

Sans Souci departed Hualtulco at daylight this morning.

Thus far, things are not off to a good start.

The 25kw generator is running fine, but seems hot. The temperature appears unchanged, but the guys sense that something isn’t right, even though they can’t find any indication of trouble. They’ll be watching it closely throughout the run. Sans Souci also has a 16kw generator, which would run the boat fine, but doesn’t have the power to run the air conditioning.

Also, they have suddenly hit a 3 knot adverse current. The boat has slowed to 6.5 knots. One of the crew joked that perhaps Jeff forgot to engage the transmission, but it won’t be that easily corrected. There’s a good chance it will be a long trip north. The boat is currently running four miles off the beach, and I suggested to Jeff to take it out to 10 miles, and see if the current is as strong.

I’m currently in Cabo, about 1,000 miles north of where the boat is. Jeff asked about the weather and I said it had been blue skies, very light wind, mid 90s, and humid here all week. Jeff said they had barely seen the sky. He has been in an endless stream of squalls, rain, large swell and thick cloud layers since leaving the dock in Costa Rica. I had hoped the Cabo weather report might give him hope that he’d be out of the bad weather in a few days, but at 6.5 knots, I’d imagine Cabo seems a very long way away.

-Ken W

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