On this Voyage of Discovery, we measured wind speed for the Deck Log. When we study wind speed in depth for research projects, we often simultaneously compare wind speeds on deck and at the mast tops. Our findings during these experiments indicate that the wind is consistently stronger at higher elevations.
This would have come as no surprise to the shipwrights who constructed the original Half Moon in 1608; after all, top sails are desined specifically to harness those higher, more powerful gusts.
Sadly for our sailing experiences, the only day we encountered strong winds during our Voyage of Discovery also happened to be the day of our data collection layover, when we remained at anchor at Grave's End Bay.