If there’s one drawback, it’s that the breeze has been almost too consistent, at least in direction. Sure, it’s been up and down a bit in pressure, ranging in true wind speed from a low of 10 knots to a high of 21. So there’s been a bit of reefing the main and furling headsails, un-reefing and un-furling, setting the staysail, etc. But, even though we’re currently on a broad reach, we’re still tracking a bit further south than we’d like. Our general plan leaving Maine was to get down to 42N and head east until past Newfoundland, at least. There’s been more ice in the North Atlantic this summer than usual; the navigators in the recent transatlantic race from Newport, RI to England had to honor an “ice-exclusion zone” right along the 40th parallel that kept them away from the cold, hard stuff before altering course north for the finish line. Watching their tracks was instructive and we were more or less planning the same tactic (though on a slightly more northerly track). But we’ve already crossed 42N and at the moment are continuing to head slightly southeast. We may be setting a spinnaker or poling out a headsail, so we can steer a due east heading of 090 degrees, before too long.