Approaching the ICTZ
08 April 2011
We have made our final turn to cross the ICTZ (Intertropical Convergence Zone). We have gone out to this position to make the crossing because this is where it is supposed to be the narrowest. The ICTZ, a.k.a. The Doldrums, is notorious for its utter lack of wind punctuated by 40 knot squalls and electrical storms. We hope to get across quickly and not see too much bad stuff. We are carrying enough fuel so that we can motor if the winds die.
Today has been fairly moderate winds in the 16 knot range.
We saw a ship on the chartplotter AIS for the first time since we left Mexico. It's about 8 nautical miles away, too far to get a visual. We have yet to actually see a single boat or ship on our passage. The AIS tells us it's a Japanese fishing vessel. I fantasized about asking them to give us some ice to chill our beer .
We had a bad surprise this morning. I went to get some more eggs from storage in the sail locker, and all the remaining eggs were covered in mold. We had to toss out 4 dozen eggs and now have no more. We made two mistakes: the eggs were stored in the sail locker, which is like a greenhouse with its large plexiglass hatch, and they were stored in a covered plastic storage container. Moral to the story: store eggs in a cool, well ventilated place.
Though we won't have eggs for breakfast anymore, we have plenty of pancake mix (of the "just add water" variety). We'll get by.