Captain’s Log 6 February 2016 – Inside the Womb of the Worlds Weather

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Passed Waypoint 1 during the night. The Quarter way point.
1130 751.1 miles to Waypoint 2
128.9 mile 24 hour run
Position 2°25’.102 S 25° 29.371’W

1130 and the end of Day 6. We have completed one quarter of the passage.

Our favorite times of the day are: 1130 to find out the days run; sunset drinks on the foredeck, and any time it rains – time for showers and cool off.

More perfect sailing conditions. I’m starting to wonder, “How much of the world is covered by perfect sailing weather?” Perhaps this is the story not often told as drama and crises sell stories.

February 7
1130 623.0 miles to Waypoint 2
128.1 mile 24 hour run

Stew wins with a guess of 128! Its our new game. “Guess the days run”. Our only sources of information are the occasional times we turn the plotter on to check speed and position, and whatever our eyes and ears and senses tell us over the 24 hour period. Zaya guessed 127 (loser J) and Tuya, the pessimist guessed 120 (big loser J). And they talk like only two sisters can, which is wonderful and why it works.

This is a tractor beam ride. This afternoon clouds are small cumulus, incubating near the equator, against a watery haze sky. So much direct heat here raising water and and sending stored energy upwards into the atmosphere, where it is flung outwards towards the poles, cools and descends as rain and cyclones and drives the worlds weather systems. So pretty and inspiring to see this, I shot some video. I recall from my hang gliding days the conundrum that moist air is only 58% as dense as cold dry air. I mean, you’d think water vapour would weigh more right? Its all about the stored heat energy. There is so much energy stored when water vaporises. That energy replaces mass and the air becomes very light. We would look to fly over a freshly ploughed field in search of thermals. The watery haze all around us here, near the equator was pretty awesome. The energy that is dissipated around the globe from here mind boggling.

Late in the afternoon we heard, then saw a plane, flying from Europe to Brazil. No ships seen since the Chinese fishing vessel. In the evening wind backed to the NE and we could only steer 280° under a very shy kite. We unfurled the jib, socked the kite and hoisted full foresail and full mainsail at 2200. With the wind forward of the beam we did 5 to 6 knots unti 0400, then 4.5 knots. Dawn wind had veered so we dropped the foresail, hoisted the kite, furled the jib and hoisted the staysail from the mainmast. We left the full mainsail up too.

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  1. Regarding the photo accompanying this ‘log entry’:

    I understand the basics of “celestial navigation”, but HOW can you “shoot the moon” WITHOUT sextants?!


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