Blog Post 29 by Jon Sanders: Australia bound through the trade winds
In my last blog I mentioned running through the trade winds, all the way from South America to Australia, i.e.: sailing between the equator and the Tropic of Capricorn.
I cleared Tahiti and headed for New Caledonia (a sizeable French elongated Island), both in the trade wind belt, and after Noumea New Caledonia on to Bundaberg where rum is made in Australia.
Going right way true. Trade winds, Nup. They stopped, so they did before I had sunk below the Tropic of Capricorn (close to 23 degrees south latitude).
Winter weather I guess. I ran into nothing. No wind at all. Swell died down, blue sky, blue oil calm sea. Nice.
Motor sailing at low revs. Good fuel economy. All day, all night, all day, all night…
The bloody thing is not an oil tanker.
When there was wind and when it came it was west and not a lot.
Wrong way wind. Must ration fuel and put up with going nowhere much.
I’m supposed to be in the trade winds!…