LUCK OF THE DRAW
23 April 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean
Four boats approached the Doldrums at approximately the same time and each fared differently. Each boat sailed parallel to the other three. Each chose their rhumb line based on varying factors including destination, favorable currents, 'debris' factor, fishing vessels and, any personal research, ie sailors who went before. "Content" the first boat, literally 'sailed' through with, it seemed, barely noticeable Doldrums - that boat chose the line closest to shore - 200 miles off. Next came the boat "Drammer", also a smooth sail through, he having chosen a line about 70 miles further out. Then there's "Rhythm" who chose almost the identical line to "Content" and so far he seems to be having hardly the fast sail of his predecessor. And then there's Shearwater...about 400 miles out and having a hell of a time getting through at all despite his 'personal research' indicating the boat, "Sedna I", on exactly the same line a month before, 'sailed' through without difficulty.
But then, if that narrow band of enigmatic water and air at the equator, meeting between the SE Tradewinds and the NE Tradewinds, if that famous band could simply be conquered by careful research, precedence and logic, it wouldnt be famously known as the "Doldrums".
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