April 28, 2019
Noon Position: 02 23N 30 51W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): NW 5
Wind(t/tws): NExN 6 – 8
Sea(t/ft): NE 3
Sky: Clear then squalls
10ths Cloud Cover: 5
Cabin Temp(f): 86
Water Temp(f): 84
Relative Humidity(%): 74
Sail: Big genoa and main, close reach on starboard
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 64
Miles since departure: 27,549
Avg. Miles/Day: 134
Leg North Miles: 4,599
Leg North Days: 39
Avg. Miles/Day: 118
I dropped sails after dinner, and we drifted for several hours. A heavy sea. Mo rolled terribly. I had to wedge myself into my bunk to keep from being tossed around.
By midnight, a light breeze with drizzle; I put us on port tack and heading northeast. At least there is some north in the course, I thought.
But by 4am, our course was due east. Wind had begun to swing north, and was pushing us back into the belt of calms. Even so, I chose to do nothing for a couple hours. Would this wind settle in or die away as had the others?
If anything, when I came on deck at 6am, the northerly was fresher. And now it had some east in it.
I tacked around immediately, before coffee, even before making a log entry.
Yes, we’re now taking a northeasterly on starboard tack, headed northwest. This is our first taste of the NE Trades. At last.
Still, a pretty slow day. After lunch, we were becalmed for an hour as a squall passed overhead, and I can count five wind-robbing squalls as I scan Mo’s horizon. Missing them will be a matter of luck.
But it appears we may be easing out of the Doldrums.