Monday 16 March 2015

Trade Winds at last

Last night about 6 PM we hit the trade winds. The crew was all smiles, especially Captain Bligh (self named I'm afraid) who was beaming from ear to ear to be sailing along at 6 to 7 knots with 12 to 16 knots of wind.  Just prior to hitting the trade winds we had a squall with winds up to 20 or more knots. 

We spent the day under a black cloud that seemed to stay over us for a good part of the day, complete with rani and drizzle. It was a very wet day. 

Over the last few days we did a fair amount of motoring as the captain wanted to first get south of 4 degrees south to perhaps find the good winds.  It then became a desire to get south of 5 degrees and finally to get south of 6.  I was able to convince the admiral that if we had the winds we should use them so the sailing began in earnest about 10 or 11 yesterday.  We had a few moments where we were slowed right down due to very light winds but they fortunately came right back and we were able to head toward 6 degrees south.

The fishing has been dismal.  The only thing I caught was the Watt and Sea (our water generator).  The line was all wound around the propeller on the Watt and Sea when I went to bring the fishing line in for the night.  A word from one who knows.  If you go dead in the water bring in your fishing line if you have a water generator in the water. If you go in a circle it is sure to get caught.

We are currently sailing in 9 to 12 knot winds traveling at 5 to 6 knots speed over ground. The crew is in good spirits and all is well.

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