Back into the trade winds
18 May 2010 | South of the Equator
Nothing much to report, water and more water.
I am finally getting into the trades and the boat is blasting along. There were three idyllic days of 8 - 10 knots of wind from the east, flat seas, mostly sunny skies and silky smooth sailing. It was some the easiest and laziest sailing I remember.
Last evening, the breeze rotated around to the northeast and rose a bit and I am now pounding to weather, trying to stay as far east as possible but gradually falling off to the NW. I am hoping that the SE trades will reassert themselves as I was targeting crossing the equator at 145w. The seas are building, my house is tipping and bouncing around, spray is starting to fly again, but I am making good distance north.
I am currently about 500 miles south of the equator and it is hot hot hot.