April 24, 2019
Noon Position: 0 19S 30 04W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): WNW 3
Wind(t/tws): SW 5
Sea(t/ft): 1 – 2 various directions
Sky: Dark cloud entirely, heavy rain
10ths Cloud Cover: 10
Cabin Temp(f): 88
Water Temp(f): 85
Relative Humidity(%): 67
Sail: Big genoa and main.
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 62
Miles since departure: 27,362
Avg. Miles/Day: 136
Leg North Miles: 4,412
Leg North Days: 35
Avg. Miles/Day: 126
Wind remained light at north and east most of the night but died away altogether by early morning. I lowered the main, rolled up the jib, and we drifted for several hours under a starry sky.
The Big Dipper is hull up now and creates a lovely arc from Alioth and Alkaid in its handle through to Arcturus and on to Spica and Corvus. At Corvus the line veers sharply to the right and terminates in the Southern Cross. Except for perpetual cloud on the horizon, I think I might have seen Polaris, and so could have connected both hemispheres in one sweep.
With sunup, a light wind from the south preceded a dark wall of cloud. We were soon overtaken and spent most of the day in that “super-cell.” Heavy rain and brisk wind at times.
At 5:15PM today we crossed the equator and re-entered northern waters. It was October 25th of 2018 when we crossed into the south, and we have been there ever since.
With sundown, the cell has evaporated and so too has the wind. The water is glassy; the sunset, worth a million dollars. But I’d trade it for some wind.
Sails are down again.