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Out of the Tropics
Richard
Sun Oct 26 18:55:00 EDT 2008

We have now sailed far enough south to no longer be in the tropics (by sailing south of 23 degrees 27 minutes south latitude).

It is still hot.

We left the trade winds yesterday, and are now in the variable wind belt. True to their name, the winds have been variable so far, mostly very light amd favorable.

Mon Oct 27 8:11:26 EDT 2008 | Blaine
Great to hear you're making progress and doing well! Fill us on in the plans for the future - are you heading to Brazil or doing down and around the cape? Are you still going to head north towards Nova Scotia?
Ilha Da Trindade
Richard
Fri Oct 24 18:15:00 EDT 2008

Our course took us fairly close to Ilha Da Trindade, a small island about 600 miles east of Brazil. We talked on the radio with the Brazilian Navy outpost there, and asked for permission to anchor in the lee of their island for repairs. The Brazilian Navy was very helpful, they suggested where best to anchor, and asked if we needed anything (we didn't).

We needed a place out of the waves and swell to take off the auxiliary rudder, replace its lower bearing, and reinstall the rudder. We anchored on the lee side of the island, in 10m (30feet) of water in a bay that sheltered us from the waves and from most of the swell. The job of reinstalling the rudder involves lifting up the 200lb rudder, lining up two pins and then lowering the rudder. This is much easier done when the boat is not moving, so we were very glad to have been able to do the work at Trindade island, instead of having to do it at sea.

Just before dusk, we started to leave, but the anchor chain had snagged a rock and would not come up. I dove on it, and between pulling the chain and moving the boat, we were able to free the chain, raise the anchor and leave the island as the light faded.

Ilha Da Trindade
Richard
Fri Oct 24 11:15:00 EDT 2008

Ilha Da Trindade is a small, volcanic island 600 miles east of Brazil. There is a Brazilian Navy outpost on the other side of the island. The picture is of Punta De Monumento on Ilha Da Trindade. More on this in the next post.

Fishing Boat
George/Richard
Thu Oct 23 10:15:00 EDT 2008

Fishing boat passing us by. We have seen very few other vessels so far.

Tradewinds
Richard
Sun Oct 19 11:15:00 EDT 2008

We are still in the Southeast Trade Winds, almost underneath the present latitude of the sun. Winds are still light to moderate, mostly blue skies, no squalls...pretty much perfect conditions for pleasant, easy sailing.

Great Winds
Richard
Fri Oct 17 18:55:00 EDT 2008

We have been making 150+ mile runs in the last couple of days, which was really nice. The wind has moderated a bit today (Force 2&3 instead of 3&4), so we'll only make 136 miles today. We continue to sail hard on the wind, into the Southeast Trade winds, which are very warm and pleasant. We've had some rain, but not enough to add any to the water tanks.

Across the Equator
Richard
Wed Oct 15 1:12:00 EDT 2008

We crossed the equator this morning at 0612 GMT, under a full moon, and are now in the South Atlantic ocean. The picture above shows the ocean at the equator, which looks just like the ocean anywhere else :).

Now we need to get used to winds going clockwise around lows and counter-clockwise around highs (opposite to the northern hemisphere), and start looking for the Southern Cross (four stars that can be used to find South).

Thu Oct 16 14:09:47 EDT 2008 | Scott
I was looking at the same moon from Rosemary Ruth. Beautiful pictures!
Windvane Repairs
Richard
Mon Oct 13 20:30:05 EDT 2008

Picture is of George doing a great job of fixing the windvane today. It got overloaded today during a sail change and an eyebolt ripped out of the plywood.

The windvane was built by the previous owner, from plans in a magazine, and has been quite reliable. Comparing this windvane with a commercial unit (Windpilot Pacific Plus) that I had on another boat, the commercial unit would be able to steer downwind in 3-5 knots less wind than this one (when there is lots of wind, all windvanes work, light air downwind is where the windvanes with least friction continue to work longest). Unlike the commercial unit, which required parts from Germany when anything broke, parts for this one can be obtained in most hardware stores.

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