Wednesday, 17 April 2013

day 19 - toeing the line

The Southern Hemisphere is so close, I can practically smell it. We are less than 10 nautical miles from the equator. At long last we will cross over to the South Pacific. And what a perfect day for it: the sun is shining over a deep blue sea and a gentle 10 knot breeze is pulling us along.

Dare I say it? I believe we are clear of the doldrums, they hover nearby, but the air feels different here. Let's hope the ITCZ doesn't follow us south!

It appears that Charlie will cross with us. While he leaves us on occasion, (a bird has to eat after all), he unfailingly returns to his perch. We've gotten used to having him around, and he doesn't seem to mind our tunes, a bonus. Not everyone can fully appreciate Jacques Brel's genius. (It seemed an appropriate choice, as our first port of entry in the Marquesas is where he was laid to rest.)

I was going to bake a cake for the occasion, but by 0900, it was already 30 degrees Celsius in the cabin - instead, I salvaged some avocados to make guacamole and dug out some precious salami - believe me when I say this is decadent. We have two special micro-beers* for the crossing ceremony, (thanks John). I think we're more than ready. The next time you hear from us, we'll be in the South Pacific!

*While Nyon is a dry boat when underway, crossing the equator calls for an exception... It's one tradition we will abide by!

Position: 00* 06.993' N 133* 03.147' W
Distance: 88 nm
Heading: 193* T
Speed: 4.5 knots


  1. It's going to be interesting to see what the weather is like on the southern side of the ITCZ compared to the northern side.


  2. I am enjoying your crossing Immensley, thanks for bringing us all along. And congrats On becoming shellbacks.



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