South Africa to the Caribbean – day 35

Our position at 10.00 (11.00 GMT) Friday 24th February was
11 28S
016 51W
on a course of 296T with a 1 – 2 meter swell and 75% cloud cover Our 24 hour run from 10.00 yesterday to 10.00 today was 144 miles. We have 1036 miles to go to Fernando de Noronha.

BORED ….bored….bored bored bored. We’re not even half way to Fernando yet!

After my report yesterday the wind gradually died and the sails were flapping. Eventually at midday at a speed of 1.7kts Bill gave in and put the engine on (probably because his ears were aching!!) The batteries needed a bit of a charge because we had cloud cover which wasn’t letting the sun through to the solar panels. Fortunately the wind came back after an hour and a half and we were sailing again.

We made some good speeds in the afternoon and overnight regaining the ground we had lost.

There’s a lot of talk on the net about the ITCZ (inter tropical convergence zone) commonly called the Doldrums. It’s an area around the equator where the wind changes which brings thunder storms as well as light winds. At the moment we have south east trade winds south of the equator. North of the equator are north east trade winds and the bit in the middle is the ITCZ. Unfortunately it doesn’t stay in one place and the talk is about where it is at the moment. SAMMNET in SA is very helpful plus it’s possible to download a sailmail file called metarea5@sailmail.com We’ll look at it closer when we’re another 500 miles forward.

I made a nice taglitelli carbonara last night and I’m baking today – bread and banana loaf. Will report back tomorrow as to how they go.

All well on board. 🙂

The blog goes through to facebook but we can’t see facebook or your comments. I’ll catch up with them all in the Caribbean. If you wish to email us please use mdqf6 @ sailmail.com (take out the gaps) Stay safe everyone.

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