Ryan Breymaier - 160 miles to the Equator

Ryan Breymaier - 160 miles to the Equator

Wednesday January 9 2013 Author: Ryan Breymaier Maserati Location: none selected

So we blasted straight thru the tradewinds in good time; it was not your typical downwind slide like in the ARC brochure, more of a firehose reach as we crossed at a 90 degree angle.

As I write this, we are about 160 miles from the equator. We just sailed directly out of perfect 20 knot trades into a 25 knot squall with a 40 degrees forward windshift. Boris says "Oh s**t, welcome to the doldrums." And he was right. The wind now fluctuates between 9 and 14, but at least we have one thing going for us, there is still wind.

The GRIBs do not show any windless area for now, so fingers crossed we might get lucky and skate through with out stopping. (I cringe as I put this in writing) The flip side to that is no drying out, no on-going repairs, possibly no super fresh water showers... We will see what tomorrow brings.

The longer term forecast is for about 4 days of close reaching in the southeast trades, with the wind gradually freeing aft later in the week.

There will be a bit less breeze, mayde 12-18 instead of the 18-22 we have had in the NE trades.

It's looking good though, with no major stoppages before the Falklands, just a super wet boat.

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