Location: 03º 51.412N’ 81º 36.720W’
Date: 17:00 March 12 to 17:00 March 13
Day 4 at sea.
Several hours of good wind yesterday. Okay, by good we mean ‘some’. Kept us cruising at 3 or 4 knots without motoring, a welcome quiet after 21 hours of becalmed air. Took turns jumping off of the bow of the boat, floating between the hulls and out the back where we had two long lines with floats attached to grab onto and pull ourselves back up the sugar scoops. Lots of fun. We always had two aboard in case we had to go pick someone up. The boat wasn’t moving fast, so it was fun to be repeatedly run over by Tayrona with nothing but 3000 feet of water under you.
Played Settlers of Catan while we bobbed along this afternoon and had a cold beer! What a treat!
Wind died again just as we reached Isla Malpelo.
Couldn’t stop at the flora and fauna sanctuary on the island. We are trying to outrun the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), a 60 mile wide snake of squalls and poor winds that runs roughly east-west and slides north and south like an elevator. It’s farther north and to avoid its adverse conditions we are trying to scoot on through to better weather while it is happily north of us.
Sir fry for dinner! Get the veggies while you can! Puppy chow for desert!
Stars are out in force and the moon has yet to rise. Calm seas.