Across The Equator (Day 18)
12 April 2011
John's Blog Updated. Original post with photos: http://travel.reservationkey.com Latitude: -1.59266 Longitude: -129.09039
After 17 days at sea we finally crossed the equator last night.
Francois and I jumped into the water about 100 feet north of the equator and swam across. The water is around 93F and so warm. We were lucky to have calm seas and arrive at the equator during daylight. Although it was partly cloudy we had enough sun so that we were able to see the equatorial line created by the sun. While swimming we inspected the bottom of the boat and were surprised to see a lot of growth on the hull. I am sure it is slowing us down a little bit, but there was way too much to clean off last night. It will be one of our first chores to take care of when we arrive though. If we don't clean it off right away, we have been told that it hardens very quickly and becomes much more difficult to remove.
After our swim, back onboard we opened a bottle of Champaign, and, as tradition dictates, first poured some into the sea as an offering to King Neptune, and then drank the rest ourselves. Next we opened gift bags from Pascale as part of our equator crossing party. Everyone received a nice tee-shirt from Puerto Vallarta. My bag also contained a few shots of Tequila from The Tequila Factor in PV and a tube of Pringle potato chips.
Today the wind seemed to pick up some and we tried flying the spinnaker the last few hours, but the wind is still pretty dismal so we are back to motoring. In about 60 more miles we should get into the southern trade winds. If not, we can afford to motor a bit further as we currently have enough fuel to cover about 350 miles. Our destination is about 770 miles away.